A team meeting about diversity

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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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Soumis par mcambindo22 le ven 09/10/2020 - 00:31

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Even though the humanity have envolved, it is still possible to find team works very closed; however diversity represent the best gun for a work team because there are a set of thoughs and experiences that come from people with many nationalities, ages, gender, etc, that could be harnessed, so is easier to innovate and increase the performance.

Soumis par Lmsalasj le lun 05/10/2020 - 17:54

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My group teamwork is very diverse, because has equality of genero and responsabilities for members. I think is benefit to positive and negative coments respect to one idea specific.

Soumis par gabibb le jeu 01/10/2020 - 21:00

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I'm not working for a company with some diversity yet, but possibly I'll have culture exchanges through my college. Its so exciting that there are a lot of people with different backgronds working on the same objects...

Soumis par ana cerqueira le mar 29/09/2020 - 10:19

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How diverse is your workplace? How can diversity benefit your team? Nowadays, I´m working at house because the pandemic covid,“homeworking” is the name for it, so diversity is an usual in my company. The employees has to many idea’s and thinking with different ways. Same needs to working in the place specific and others at home, some like use formal wear and another’s more informal, some need´s silence and others noise. This is the diversity, some people need the different things and stuff for innovate and be more production. The company’s needs to prepare the charter for the employee. He need to be happy for your job, because him happiness is the value for created more development and money to the company.

Soumis par Sulagna Das le mar 15/09/2020 - 16:26

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I live in a country which is diverse in itself. We have so many languages, cultures and religions. My workplace is full of diversity with people all across the country. Everyone shares a good bond amongst themselves. But there are people who feel isolated and keeps very quiet.

Soumis par zozo le lun 14/09/2020 - 15:36

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I live in country that diversity is something norm ,without this variation in cultures and backgrounds we wouldn't have such an unique society.

Soumis par pilargarciach le dim 30/08/2020 - 11:08

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In my workplace diversity is good. The diversity benefited the teams because each individual of the team has different perspectives and ideas that improve the projets with their experiences and expertise.

Soumis par danisep le mar 25/08/2020 - 20:43

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At the moment I'm not working in an office, but I think diversity is cool, and knowing different ways to see reality through people with different cultures and perspectives is interesting. We have to see diversity like something good with respect and ethics.

Soumis par MARIANO_HB le lun 17/08/2020 - 16:56

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My company has been promoting last years an inclusion and diversity environment. It has invested much money to support all kind of communities, employees and beliefs.

Soumis par Asni le sam 08/08/2020 - 21:43

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Benefits of diversity in the workplace are numerous. First of all, it promotes the share of skills and cultures. Moreover, if all team members have similar background and same way of analyzing and solving problems, then there will be little creativity and working out issues and challenges the team might face won't be as fast as in a diverse group.

Soumis par IKEDA le mer 05/08/2020 - 20:05

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I've been thinking diversity is an important key for creativity or innovation though, unfortunately, I didn't have any chance to work in diversity. Now then, I'm feeling diversity with this course!

Soumis par cassiamattos2013 le ven 31/07/2020 - 21:08

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I work in a small company, formed for little group people. But, the company is very friendly to diversity, equality, and respect for everyone. Some peoples word there is older or other nationalities.

Soumis par Hennadii le mer 29/07/2020 - 16:06

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I used to work in a Chinese company once and that was a very interesting experience. Turned up we are completely different. We look at the same things at a different angle and it's not easy to accept at first if truth to be told. I remember I needed some time to adjust myself to work in a foreign company. And I'm not talking about necessity speaking in English all day but about cultural differences. Actually, I think the diversity is the way to the perfectness. To create something valuable you have to look at your job from all possible points of view, using all available experience and knowledge.

Soumis par fahri le mar 28/07/2020 - 11:43

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Dear team. From the lesson above. Stefano: That's a good idea. We could run some workshops and get ideas from the employees. The question is: The word 'could run' in that sentence refer to the past or future??? (Because the workshop not done yet). As we know that: 'could' past form from can. We do confuse. Thank you very much for your answer.

Hello fahri,

In this sentence 'could' describes a possible future.

'Could' has several uses, including ability and possibility.

When talking about ability, 'could' is the past form of 'can'. For example:

When I was younger I could run a marathon. Now that I'm older I can't.

 

When we talk about possibility, 'could' refers to the present and the future:

Where's John?

I don't know. He could be stuck in traffic. [present possibility]

If we finished the project early, we could take the weekend off. [future possibility]

 

You can read more about modal verbs on these pages:

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/english-grammar-reference/modal-verbs

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par fahri le lun 27/07/2020 - 16:16

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Dear team. From the lesson above.  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. The question is : What does it mean 'I don't feel we make the most of this' ?? The word 'this' is refer to 'diversity' or something else?? Thank you very much for your explanation.

Hello fahri,

In this sentence, the word 'this' refers to the whole clause before: the fact that we have a really diverse team here...

When you say 'you don't make the most of something' it means that you don't fully take advantage of it or exploit its possibilities as much as you might.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Nubis le dim 26/07/2020 - 03:51

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The diversity in all place should´t be a discussion topic, but simply of the inclusion, there shouldn't be any kind of discrimination, all we are equality.

Soumis par Javad le ven 17/07/2020 - 12:12

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Diversity in my country, especially ethnic and religious diversity is one of the biggest problem in different levels: political, social and geographically. Here is a lot of conflict on diversity. It is a very long time that international society is trying to solve the problem, but they haven't appreciable success. I learned a lot from this lesson and I will participate in this course very actively, in case of access to internet of course. Thank you

Soumis par abudo93 le jeu 09/07/2020 - 18:20

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The diverse in our workplace is less than what excepted, we're of the same religion, nationality, doctrine and language, but the only different is ages that made some problems between old and young workers. And the benefit is agreeable.

Soumis par Hn0062 le mer 08/07/2020 - 21:43

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I am working in a bank, it has jobs diversity and domain diversity, it has a special venue for conferences. the job diversity causes staff always be happy and satisfied. They can promote each 2 year. there is sexual equality in there.

Soumis par AniDD le lun 06/07/2020 - 06:21

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My work place is diverse, I have colleagues with different ages, nationalities, sexual orientation, religion. But this situation is good to me, every day in my work place is very interesting and funny. We discuss different types of topics, points of view and we enrich each other. Our company is very tolerant to all kinds of diversities. Diversity is absolutely needed and helpful for every company with big goals.

Soumis par WarleyP le sam 04/07/2020 - 23:47

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Unhappily with this world pandemy i'm unemployed, but in Brazil usually the workplaces aren't thinked to provide a good feeling during the work, some higher companies have a good place to work, but it's not a rule.

Soumis par Fernando Belmonte le mar 23/06/2020 - 15:49

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In my experience, I stay with open mind people that doesn´t care about the cultural, racial or etnical differences.. I have never seen in the school where I go an exclusion case or something similar. It would be a great propose to make a campaign of the liberties of people . (there is where could be included equality, diversity and inclusion).

Soumis par tchok le mer 17/06/2020 - 17:08

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My workplace is diverse. We have two different nationalities from two continents Africa and Europe. It is useful because we have sometimes different approaches in order to solve a problem or to innovate. The aspect of the language is also a big benefit for our team.

Soumis par ishernandez le mar 16/06/2020 - 05:27

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The diversity in my workplace is present, there are people with different religions, universities, and lifestyle, this situation makes a great impact on the team because the generate competence and with this the quality of the service that the consulting firm offer to their clients increase, but is important to mention that the opportunities inside the team are not the same for all team members, while there is diversity there is not equality and that's one of the most important thing we need to change, but the leaders don't do anything to improve and make a better place to work for all team.

Soumis par AlejoPB le lun 15/06/2020 - 18:10

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Actually, my workplace is quite diverse, there are people of different social classes, ages even different sexual preferences, and our team is a great team, all tasks are easier and pleasant to do and we can discuss the many topics without no one kind of problems, as well as, we shared our different point of view freely.

Soumis par sorayajesus le lun 15/06/2020 - 10:05

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My workplace is diverse. I have colleagues from different ages, religions, gender, race and political positions. I think that the diverse create more respect for different opinions and new ideas.

Soumis par Lizochka le sam 13/06/2020 - 19:39

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My workplace right now is not diverse at all, because I work alone, but I think that diversity is one of the most important think that can good influence on teamwork on the whole! Diversity of races, ages, etc gives us opportunity to have a lot of new opinions, strateges, mindes based on diversity of background, life experience and etc.!

Soumis par Adri le sam 06/06/2020 - 15:27

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I'm a student, but If I had one work place, I would like find a work that It's have respect and diversity values.

Soumis par Abuelisa le jeu 04/06/2020 - 21:19

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Fortunately my workplace is quite diverse, that is, we have colleagues from different ages, gender, religions and even political positions. From my point of view, diversity has been very beneficial to team work; this is meanly due to the exchange of ideas and acknowledges that we can do things in different ways.

Soumis par endre le mar 02/06/2020 - 23:17

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I don't think diversity is a good thing. It exists, in fact. Identity, to find a common identity, that is our aim. That needs love. Love through offering.

Soumis par Sara85 le mar 02/06/2020 - 22:18

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Diversity is very important any where , and let people share an ideas and cultures.

Soumis par Miho Watanabe le lun 01/06/2020 - 16:12

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I’m a student, so I don’t work at workplace. But maybe, there are a lot of diversity in my college. My college has some overseas students studying in Japan and a lot of students from other prefectures. They have own opinion and culture etc. I think that such an environment broaden my mind.

Soumis par wido le jeu 28/05/2020 - 23:22

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Diversity is very important thing. I work in university we have many different nationalities we creat a good relationship and we know more things about there countries.

Soumis par senes19 le jeu 28/05/2020 - 19:59

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I think that diversity is not dangerous theme for workshops. It is important to include all our members to the process.

Soumis par mouna99 le mar 26/05/2020 - 13:59

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Diversity helps in getting to know others cultures and interests, also its helps in learning from others and exchange knowledge

Soumis par Haider92R le mar 26/05/2020 - 11:11

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Well .. for my concern the diversity is very important in the teamwork .. We can get a new ideas from different team members .

Soumis par vaniafed le dim 17/05/2020 - 13:45

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Seems like diversity itself is a really big problem which needs to be solved. In my workspace there is no diversity, but If there was, I think the best way to solve it is to encourage best sides of our differences and tolerate the worse ones.

Soumis par Htet Min Khant… le ven 15/05/2020 - 13:50

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Studying this lesson shows us how having diversity team is effective and profitable on our workplace.Individual ideas from diversity can create more innovations and the things that we share from our different experiences and backgrounds improve our skills properly.It also teaches the importance of listening others' visions.But,to avoid conflicts between staff,we all need to do diversity with the right way!!!!

Soumis par AMOUGOU Abega … le sam 09/05/2020 - 11:21

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if truth be told, diversity can contribute in the well being of a team. because this create different viewpoints and different ways to resolve an issue. as far as I'm concerned my workplace has been blessed with peoples coming from different areas, having differents bakgrounds(specialities). and to make use of this our manager is having some workshops with us to ask about our needs, if everyone feel include and this participate in the more productivity of our team.

Soumis par FYfaby le mer 06/05/2020 - 16:05

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Yes. The diversity is important in a team work. I think that all the opinion are important and I like different point of view.

Soumis par Masas le dim 03/05/2020 - 23:26

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First thing: diversity is a good thing. Where I am working I don't feel any diverse ,for information, I 'm working away from my country ,we are working as team and respect all the values everyone for us ,if were about religions ,nationality,ages and backround .from my experience I guess that the diversity is very important for any workplace ,but we need to manage it in the right way .

Soumis par Tomofumi le ven 01/05/2020 - 01:36

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Now is in the age which we cannot estimate what will happen in the future. That's why, we need to get the skill to cooperate with other people. Then, to respect the way of thinking, and life each other is required. Even in my workplace, there are a lot of ways of thinking, but Japanese people often hide their ideas to avoid competition. We should be talkative and positive!

Soumis par Dima Hraf le jeu 30/04/2020 - 01:49

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How diverse is your workplace? How can diversity benefit your team? When people ask me about complexity of my working place I always try to share with them my experience. Generally speaking, my work has dynamic process because it is trade. I have a lot of colleagues with different characters and positions and only because we treat our work and each other with respect it brings for us beneficial and effective results. I totally sure that diversity is an amazing advantage for a working process and for a team as well because atmosphere of diversity can help to develop and create new ideas for work.

Soumis par Merymoon86 le mer 29/04/2020 - 19:43

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In my Opinion the diversity is really important so that you can get a lot of ideas that improve whatever place of work, for instance in my work I keep in touch with diferent countries people, so you can learn a lot things only their cultures but also their point of view.

Soumis par Naw Ring le mer 29/04/2020 - 05:16

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That songs great. We could learn new experience if we are going through in the diversity community.

Soumis par Aye Nyine San le mer 29/04/2020 - 04:54

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yes, diversity in teams is a starter to grow up diversity culture in country .Each value and respect different ideas , things and people. And sharing those thing,understanding of getting equality will move to well developed civilization.
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