A team meeting about diversity

Listen to a team meeting about diversity to practise and improve your listening skills.

Instructions

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Transcript

Nina: As you know, our team has grown a lot in the past year and we feel we need to address the diversity in the team.

Brenda: How do you mean, 'address the diversity'?

Nina: Well, we all know that diversity in teams is a good thing, but it can also be a challenge for some people to respect and value people's differences. We've got a really diverse team here – people of different nationalities, backgrounds, religions, ages … and sometimes I don't feel we make the most of this.

Stefano: Yes, and even if it isn't specifically challenging, many people are simply unaware of the isolation that some team members may feel because they are different.

Brenda: So, what does this mean? What are we going to do?

Nina: Well, we need to create a workplace charter. You know, one that promotes equality, diversity and inclusion.

Brenda: That sounds like a good idea. But will people just see it as something the management team has created? Maybe they won't even pay attention to it.

Nina: I know. That's why we're going to involve everyone in creating it.

Stefano: That's a good idea. We could run some workshops and get ideas from the employees about how we can create a more inclusive workplace.

Nina: Exactly. I was thinking that before that we could run some team-building sessions so they can experience the value of diversity for themselves.

Brenda: Yes, I like that. Many people see diversity as something negative, often because there are different opinions or ways of doing things.

Nina: Yes, I know, but if there's no diversity, then the risk is that we all work in the same way, think the same and see the world the same. This makes it hard to be creative and to innovate.

Stefano: I completely agree, Nina. OK. So, what do you want us to do?

Nina: Stefano, can you look for a successful trainer who specialises in running workshops and team-building sessions on diversity and inclusion?

Stefano: Sure. I'll be happy to.

Nina: And Brenda, can you find a fun venue? Somewhere that is quite diverse itself. Something that's not the usual seminar-style environment?

Brenda: Sure. That'll be fun.

Nina: And I'm going to do some further research into how other organisations are benefiting from their diversity. I can share this with the whole team.

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Submitted by César Árraga on Sat, 12/10/2019 - 00:09

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In my last work, there were some co-workers from different provinces of Peru, the Manager was a peruvian person of arab parents whom have lived in the country for many years. But they've still preserved their own culture. The diversity can benefit to team to come up with diverse opinions to daily troubles. As more points of view are found, a wide variety of possible solutions will be available to choose. In addition, being a diverse team-working can help to know a little more about the different cultures of its members.

Submitted by Captainblack_009 on Sat, 28/09/2019 - 10:54

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Little bit confused

Submitted by judythuy on Tue, 24/09/2019 - 16:40

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my team is the same ages ,sex , country. we are studying a class in a university and work together .Our benefit is everyone is respects and values each other.when someone give an idea , everyone listen to it and give comment .im so happy when i work with them .

Submitted by Oussema3ahmed on Mon, 23/09/2019 - 03:49

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I like this subject because the majority of people live in forgein country are exposed to diversty such as in my workplace, there are many diversty like religion , culturel , language ..... But this diversty can help to improve many things like respect each other and get different ideas with different opinions . Also, it's contribute to learn much more about many other country for instance culturel , traditionel , Days of celebrations ....

Submitted by KhaleefRosely on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 09:28

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" I have completed the following lessons of A team meeting about diversity . The level that I chose was Intermediate B1 Listening.

Submitted by Catalina Pazmiño on Fri, 13/09/2019 - 14:47

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I live in a country which has a lot of diversity. for example we have different regions, weather, dialect, food, cultures and customs from our country and others from inmigrants. But even when there are some charter that said that it is requiered to respect others' customs and cultures. I think there is needed to socialized and create workplaces to motive people to joing and share their own culture.

Submitted by Diannm on Fri, 06/09/2019 - 11:38

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I still on high school, where are many people,we have different phisical features, but diversity Is not related at all with that, the people just for being humans, have different ideas, ideology, a differen way to see the world, we are differents even the way that we talk, and I think diversity is so cool, because as I have hear from the television and people older than me...the world would be boring without that diversity, and I'm totally agree with that.

Submitted by Aurora Angeles on Fri, 06/09/2019 - 04:15

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This listening help me, i can answer the questions
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Submitted by kamicounciler on Sun, 01/09/2019 - 21:27

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i recently finished a book named "a fraction of whole" by steve toltz , i read something there that made me think,it says that people usually read books that adopts their their thinking and beliefs,it means that we mostly just read things that empowers what we think and not to challenge them, i think that s true and since then i try to put myself in positions and do things to challenge my basic and new beliefs,so this is where diversity can really help , the best way to break your imagine of everything , of every law ,to regenerate them and achieve something closer to truth is facing different people with different cultures and behaviors. nothing beside this can improve our thoughts , because we as humans are highly social creatures and we just do things in interaction with other people by engaging our feelings and emotions .