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 Anderson le sam 25/04/2020 - 16:26

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When I begun my course at Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil, I didn't like before of work with other people. The main reason of this is because always exist some people that don't do them work of the best ways and hence the responsabulity of the bed work is put on the hands of someone else. For example, you are working with people that frequentily make a bed work and you must have been correcting their work when they have wrong, but the problem here is how often they make a mistake. Sometimes one activity is put on the hands of someone else, when it's supposed that the activity is their responsability, not yours. However, at my 2nd semestrer at university, I joined in a group of people that have so different ways to see differente situations about something and I can see, today, that I learnt a lot with these people, which is amazing. The conclusion of this long coment is that: sometimes we are thinking that work with people is really bed, but we can have a lot of experience work with other people, learn how look at something of a differente way, for example.

Soumis par Hnin Ohnmar Htoo le jeu 23/04/2020 - 09:01

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there are so many diversity at my work also. I agree that different diversities get different ideas and experience and creative things.We also imitate who working skills, thinking skills and management skills as well.We can share our experience and culture also . Finally,i would like to advice you that different diversity is good one to improve your business.

Soumis par JuanManuelLopezGil le mar 21/04/2020 - 00:28

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In my office, there are many people from different origins, cultural groups and kinds of think. This is good because each insight might look since various points of view.

Soumis par SANDRA YINNET le lun 20/04/2020 - 02:59

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When we talk of the diversity in team work I think that is important because from point of view business is necessary have people aligned for achieve of goal, and for this the ideas and opinions of the all can be complementary.

Soumis par laiakiesel le ven 17/04/2020 - 18:22

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In my opinion it's very important to have diversity in all the type of groups because it will help you to have new ideas, new ways to think, learn about other countries, cultures or religions. No matter which are your thoughts or your way of life, you have to respect others thoughts and ways of life. I believe that the best way to do it it's sharing time with many different types of persons and learning how to work with them.

Soumis par Ahmed shady le mer 15/04/2020 - 19:37

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Diversity is the role of the life , we should learn from different culture different prospective which may lead to more success in the organization ..

Soumis par BlaiChan le mer 08/04/2020 - 10:02

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I had a diverse workplace when I worked on ship. We got people from different countries like Russia, Ukraine, China, Philippine and so on. We had different ideas and ways in solving problems. It was fun. But not every times, we had a problem such a pronunciation when we talking. We used to talk about our traditions, ways of living and so on.

Soumis par Dario Cambon le mar 07/04/2020 - 08:52

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The harmony in the work group can be created by making the most of each person's skills and therefore the differences of thought and opinions, which must be verified and accepted from time to time, if they contribute to solving problems and achieving objectives

Soumis par Cotufa84 le ven 03/04/2020 - 17:36

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In these days, we are connected with a lot of people from different areas of the world. You can know people from other countries even other areas of your birth country. Is important that we are aware about it. No matter how are your thought or your way of life, you have to respect others thought and ways of life. We have got a diverse team. We are from different countries and different kind of people. There are males, females, old and young people. It's funny in christmas when we share our traditions.

Soumis par Kadir le mer 01/04/2020 - 20:51

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The Importence Of Diversity Racism has been the reason for a lot of wars and conflicts in the world for years. During these wars, people killed others who had different colours, ideas, and religions. Why? Why couldn't we learn how to live together? I don’t understand why we don’t accept that people have different colours, religions and ideas . But nowadays a lot of companies in the world have many staff are from different countries, religions, ideas etc. These companies try to prevent conflicts among their own staff by arranging seminars, common holidays and cocktails. Diversity of religions, colours and ideas are not important as much as old times for modern day people. That’s a good development. I think that making common activities like that help to improve friendship and solidarity among staff.

Soumis par Wesley54 le lun 30/03/2020 - 21:36

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I had a diverse workplace when I attended to the internship period. There were people with different beliefs, ideas and perspectives. Fortunately, we had weekly meetings so as to define the activities and new solutions to problems, according to each category and the people's role. The diversity helped our team by doing some researches, plans and reports more effectively and quickly, since it increased new ways of doing them.

Soumis par Kadir le dim 29/03/2020 - 19:34

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In my country there is a very diverse population. We've all lived together in peace for years . We can share our pain, happiness and hopes. I think if people respected other people's differences, the Earth could be like a palace. Nowadays we fight as one world against the COVID-19 and I believe that we have to know that our differences are not more important than life. We have only one world and we have tou share it.

Soumis par Rania Koura le jeu 26/03/2020 - 15:59

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In my organization, we have a big diverse team; everyone has his own beliefs and background and we all respect each other.

Soumis par micaela le dim 22/03/2020 - 23:33

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My workplace is diverse in the way we have differences about our beliefs, religions, behaviours and ages. We believe that diversity benefit us when we need to find solutions for our clients, ¡that is really good!

Soumis par jason2295 le mer 18/03/2020 - 21:38

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How diverse is your workplace? How can diversity benefit your tea My workplace is not so diversity but we have some paople that they think in a different way, about how to do its work well done. We can take advance of this because they can bring good ideas to solve problem happens in the company.

Soumis par IMS le lun 16/03/2020 - 08:45

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I'm sure that diversity is most important for making innovations and realize them. Cause different people have a different ways to solve the problems. So human resources have to create new ideas and organize team-building sessions for consolidate diferent peoples.

Soumis par Kateryna le lun 02/03/2020 - 19:09

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As far as I concerned, that diversity that's a thing that makes the team really productive and competitive. I've been working in a big international company and I know a lot about the value of diversity team with members from the whole world. If we will be politeness and try to understand other colleagues with different from your point of view - we can be great team-players. So, I believe that only a team with a wide circle of different views among ourselves can create some really unique and outstanding.

Soumis par Nikolaos Stavr… le ven 28/02/2020 - 09:06

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We've got a really diverse team. We have people of different nationalities, religions male and female, young and old. Diversity is a significant factor in keeping workers happy and retaining them. Businesses that emphasize diversity as part of their companies policy are actually more profitable. Employees ultimately feel more comfortable at work despite their difference, noting that a commitment to their culture is a commitment to them. Teams that are able to talk out their differences and discuss cultures ultimately grow closer. Accepting diversity makes a teem creative and innovative. It also makes the team more akin to family and community, versus somewhere to pick up a paycheck. PS: In my text above I wrote a sentence " Employees ultimately feel..... Is this sentence correct? or should I write "Ultimately employees feel.... Thank you Nikolaos

Hello Nikolaos

Both word orders are fine, though I think putting 'ultimately' first is a little more natural. If you put 'ultimately' first, there should be a comma after it: 'Ultimately, employees feel ...'

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par jazmin marquez le mar 25/02/2020 - 12:00

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Well, I am a teacher and I believe that diversity is necessary to promote a human education. Our society needs more people aware of the value of different cultures, traditions and beliefs, because these can help improve things. For example, in my country, Colombia, indigenous communities have a respectful relationship with the land and the environment. They believe that natural resources, such as water, are gods, and should take care of them. However, indigenous people are often victims of displacement and murder because of their beliefs. This is a shameful and unfortunate situation, and teachers have many things to do about it.

Soumis par mselmi le mer 19/02/2020 - 20:05

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Diversity in workplace can have postive impact on business if it's well adressed by managers. The difference in culture, in habits, religion, accent and in mother langage doesn't have relationship with work performance. So rules must be written by managers based on egality, integrity and respect. This is a requirement to build a work environment where every employee can make the maximum effort and bring added values to acheive his objectives and contribute to acheive the global employer's business objectives. This also gives the employees the same opportunities to evolve and be satisfied.

Soumis par shahhoseini le mer 12/02/2020 - 15:28

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Although there are many cultures and religions in my country, the problem of diversity has not caused much trouble.

Soumis par huyentran le mar 04/02/2020 - 03:34

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My class is very diverse with many students from different countries. We can learn about each other's culture, language and good habits. In addition, we can explore many traditions from many countries.

Soumis par JuanVillegas le sam 25/01/2020 - 14:13

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My workplace is very diverse, we are several people with different professions, in different areas, this is the great benefit, it allows us to have different solutions to the same problem.

Soumis par lifelearner le mar 07/01/2020 - 10:22

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I believe it can for a certain degree , but employees should accept the differences in culture,religion,traditions , work ethics , different views to the world , attention to details. otherwise, conflict might arise. for me I am very open minded and I like to mingle with people around the world , and reckon that it positively influences work environment for a lot of reasons. Firstly,it helps people to to know a little more about the different cultures of its members. Secondly, it can benefit the team to come up with diverse opinions to daily troubles or , wide variety of possible solutions Promoting equality and accepting diversity in a company might manifest itself in things like gathering the whole team regularly in a venue where all employees are included Or creating a charter of work ethics where issues like difference, fighting isolation and promoting inclusion are paid attention to.

Soumis par Maxim le sam 04/01/2020 - 08:38

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I disagree. It is a promotion of multiculturalism and tolerance. Do you know a story about the Tower of Babel? It's meaning that peoples of different languages and cultures can't work together doing common things.
hey, I've read the peoples opinions, you are the only one directly disagree that idea. And ı couldn't understand your reason and the relation between the examle you mentioned about Tower Babel, properly. So can you please extend your opinion why you are disagree ? Have you ever been in a group work or project whichs members are from diffirent etnique groups, religions, life standards, ages.. etc. Which kind of problem have you experienced?

Soumis par Lee137 le ven 03/01/2020 - 21:20

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Diversity can be something quite interesting, I'd like to share time with people from different cultures and with different beliefs, I mean, I may not adopt their ideology but knowing about that would be something I would really like.

Soumis par Aswad371 le mer 11/12/2019 - 13:17

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As I have been working in the GCC area for five years, I found how diversity is so crucial for enhancing creativity in our company. it helps me to learn from the culture and work ethics of my workmates who have come from all around the world and destroyed my negative isolated beliefs against others regardless of their race, religion, origins... etc

Soumis par taghi le lun 09/12/2019 - 06:33

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i am a graduated student but when i was studying i could see foreigners in my university who had came to continue their higher education.they were from different culture with different language,appearance and religion.it was interesting for me seeing and having interaction with people who are thinking,speaking and seeing the world in a different way.in my point of view,diversity in the workplace lead to creativity because we have different people with various opinions.

Soumis par César Árraga le sam 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.

Soumis par judythuy le mar 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 .

Soumis par Oussema3ahmed le lun 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 ....

Soumis par KhaleefRosely le mar 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.

Soumis par Catalina Pazmiño le ven 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.

Soumis par Diannm le ven 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.

Soumis par Aurora Angeles le ven 06/09/2019 - 04:15

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This listening help me, i can answer the questions

Soumis par kamicounciler le dim 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 .

Soumis par mehrazin le mer 28/08/2019 - 19:51

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As you know, offering different ideas is vital in any management style, it helps to create innovation , it helps to make the place work progress in such a way that the workplace benefits the advantages of the favorite situation. In a workplace with diverse diversity the team mate discusses the ideas and beliefs, even despite the different religous ideas as the team mate are from different nationalities, and different gender and ethnic ideas so they can make a variety of optimal capacity ,as a result , while they can learn to accept and justify and clarify the ideas and beliefs from different point of views , follow the ideas and then they can get the best results, it not only needs a professional leadership, but it also requires respecting different cultures and opinions as well.

Soumis par popo1011 le mer 28/08/2019 - 08:37

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In my opinion, diversity in a team should begin from its manager. until he/she is automenous, Members of team coulde not do anythings and coulde not say their opinions. the case that I see in my workplace every day.

Soumis par kseniwerdy le sam 24/08/2019 - 04:12

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I'm from Russia but study abroad (South Korea). So that's why our university has the diversity in such things as a religion, a nationality, appearence, language, etc. In my case the diversity could help me (and others) to impove our non-native languages and to understand another culture.

Soumis par starfish2019 le ven 09/08/2019 - 20:49

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How diverse is your workplace? How can diversity benefit your team? We had a little diversity in our workplace, because we had a few foreigners only and mostly local people involved in the team. In local group also we had a few different religions and races, but they didn't like each other that much, due to some racial and religions conflicts were existed in the past. So in our team, foreigners were the mediator between those two different races and religions background and set the common goals and targets to achieve. Anyway, that helped us somehow to progress our jobs further with different ideas and opinions. I believe diversity is a very good thing, when everyone can understand the common goals and better future to see the big picture.

Soumis par mustaphasadiki le mer 07/08/2019 - 02:34

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well i can say that my university is diverse because we have people from all around cities we learn in peace that allows students to know new different things about other which is good for all
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