Janine Truitt (@czarinaorhr) and Steve Levy (also my guest from episode 36) wrote an article calling for company HR departments to initiate and entertain race relations discussions internally. This article was picked up by College Recruiters, who decided to host the webinar, “ Honest Diversity Conversations: Race Relations & HR.” Janine Truitt and I discuss the webinar and its importance for today’s job seekers. The conversation about diversity issues in the workplace is needed.
The free webinar will be aired Sept. 9, 16, and 23. I recommend for you to registered for it today. I feel that this is a must for job seekers everywhere (particularly in the U.S.) to help you choose future employers.
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Janine is the founder of the talent management consulting firm Talent Think Innovations and the creator of the blog The Aristocracy of HR. Her advice and perspective were featured in CareerBuilder, Black Enterprise, and the Chicago Tribune.
Here is a summary of our conversation:
- It’s getting harder to have diversity and inclusion conversations although everyone has an opinion; no one wants to talk about it
- Certain social events cause inflammatory discussions and for HR pros, it’s a still touchy
- Janine and Steve have written blog posts considered incendiary as intended to bring about more discussion
- The webinar will contain some action steps for people to move forward with
- We’re in an age of “social responsibility” so job seekers should expect the most out of an employer
- It’s not something even considered more than 10 years ago
- Janine state that HR professionals who participate in the webinar will wonder if the suggestions made will cause HR “missteps.” Janine says this is the human thing to do, not so much the politically correct strategy
- Organizations as whole tend to “overstep” in the shadows of controversy, e.g., the Sept. 11 attacks from 2011
- Janine shares how job seekers can see if a company cares about diversity and inclusion
- People not of color who have relatives, friends, spouses, or children of different ethnicities are now considering the diversity of a company
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