Browse Definitions:
Definition

diversity training

Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore

Diversity training is education about demographic differences among people. The training is designed to increase participants' understanding of various demographics and improve interactions with people of different ethnicities, cultures, genders, belief systems, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, political affiliations, languages and countries of origin.

Organizations provide diversity training for a number of reasons, primarily to promote a corporate culture in which each employee feels valued and respected and, as a result, is more likely to be engaged and productive. Having a reputation for being a diverse workplace is also likely to attract the best job applicants. A desire to avoid lawsuits is also a motivator.

The most effective diversity training is long-term and deliberately woven into the company culture. Training continuously encourages employees to think of other people as unique individuals and is supported by corporate policies that emphasize non-discriminatory hiring and performance appraisals that are objective and evaluate measurable criteria.

The least effective diversity training is delivered sporadically in discrete events. At some companies, employees are required to attend a mandatory workshop, lecture or online course for diversity training. Although this approach may help the company meet compliance regulations, it is unlikely to help employees keep diversity top-of-mind and create an inclusive workplace.

This was last updated in September 2017

Continue Reading About diversity training

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

SearchCompliance

  • internal audit (IA)

    An internal audit (IA) is an organizational initiative to monitor and analyze its own business operations in order to determine ...

  • pure risk (absolute risk)

    Pure risk, also called absolute risk, is a category of threat that is beyond human control and has only one possible outcome if ...

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

SearchSecurity

  • biometrics

    Biometrics is the measurement and statistical analysis of people's unique physical and behavioral characteristics.

  • principle of least privilege (POLP)

    The principle of least privilege (POLP), an important concept in computer security, is the practice of limiting access rights for...

  • identity management (ID management)

    Identity management (ID management) is the organizational process for identifying, authenticating and authorizing individuals or ...

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)

    Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization's preparation for ...

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

SearchStorage

SearchSolidStateStorage

  • hybrid hard disk drive (HDD)

    A hybrid hard disk drive is an electromechanical spinning hard disk that contains some amount of NAND Flash memory.

Close