A team meeting about diversity

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

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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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Submitted by Caspiterin89 on Mon, 28/12/2020 - 15:22

I'm a teenager and I live in Italy, but I have to say -after speaking also with an expert of HR (Human Resources)- that diversity it has to be a distinct trait of a company, but also of the society and in my case of the school. In my class we are from many countries, but more important we have different opinions: and this is a good thing. Because having distinct opinions is the bread of democracy. Many people want only to be with the ones that think like them, but for improving we have to see different points of view and to hear different ideas. Only in this way we can create a better place where everyone can express theirself at best.

Submitted by Saad786 on Sat, 26/12/2020 - 10:18

Team diversity is very important for a work place. It brings the innovation and creativity for group in all sorts of life like education, sports, life style and values. Diversity is a natural phenomenon which is not only required in human beings but also in plants, forests and all other natural habitat of the world.

Submitted by cogitare on Mon, 07/12/2020 - 12:51

The diversity allows expand perspective of a situation, and my workplace have that, but when we need to take desicions and each must give an idea, only a few of people contribute to the conversation. For that reason, i believe that its benefit, but if the people don't have motivation to share their opinions, this diversity don't will be usefull.

Submitted by NADIA GEGE on Sat, 28/11/2020 - 17:56

Hello, in my workplace, an accounting firm, the are no problems about diversity but I live in a little village in Italy and sometimes persons don't accept different ideas. I think we all have to do an effort to consider the others a great resource for the society.
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Submitted by DJ Singh on Wed, 25/11/2020 - 09:13

My last organization wasn't that diverse, equality was missing out there, the hierarchy was in every department. Nobody respected people on the ground level. I quit my job because of the toxic envirnment and I am happy about my decision

Submitted by Thu Ha Nguyen on Tue, 24/11/2020 - 10:49

I´m working as a working student at a German company. In my department, I´m the only foreigner. But I always feel inclusive in the team. In other departments, We also have other employees who come from different countries with different educational backgrounds. Nobody is isolated. We paid a lot of attention to equality and diversity. Everyone respects and values everyone else.

Submitted by omidabbasi on Sun, 22/11/2020 - 07:49

in my idea, diversity is a good idea. because it makes us to be challenge in many ways. i'm working in a car manufacturing company and There is diversity here in many ways such as age, skill , sex. but there is not different nationality here and i don't know if that's a good idea or not?!

Submitted by farhad zada on Tue, 17/11/2020 - 06:04

Everyone is different where I'm. I'm from Azerbaijan and we have so many different nationalities, peoples who are the part of each other and Azerbaijan in our country. And that feels so good. Think there're so many langugages that are used by different peoples, so many cultural traditions, dishes and so on. That feel cool.

Submitted by tmzch on Thu, 12/11/2020 - 21:34

I'm working in a place where diversity is a little bit not acceptable and it seen like a insubordination because I'm soldier and i must perform an odrers without discusion but in my opinion this is good in this specific "company" becouse where is too many chief there is a little indians (to perform an orders)

Submitted by Yenn nguyen on Tue, 10/11/2020 - 14:57

In my workplace, often, my company recruitment diversity about ages, sex, cultural identity, nationality..., I think this quite interesting, bring a lot of things worth learning. For example the experience of everyone. And diversity about language skills. Create innovation in the company.

Submitted by Aqilah khurshed on Sun, 08/11/2020 - 06:04

I am still a school student and i live in Saudi Arabia . Here in Saudi Arabia it's quite diverse in our school. We have students from different countries like India, Pakistan and me being a Bangladeshi.

Submitted by Razy on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 14:38

I am still a university student, but I worked before in my country. There was, in fact, no diversity in my teamwork because we were working in a small-sized company and all of the staff were at the same age, nationality, and religion. But I think diversity in the workplace has a lot of benefits, although it is challenging for the team member to cope with differences. In other words, diversity makes innovation and creativity in the work and the problems can be solved with the help of different ideas originated from the source of diversity.
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Submitted by Mr.hanymabrok on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 04:57

very good, but i need to know the specific meaning of inclusion in this comprehension.

Hello Mr.hanymabrok,

Inclusion here means being a part of the team or group and not being isolated or marginalised. If an organisation is inclusive then it welcomes people from any background and does not exclude them, and tries to be broad-based in terms of personnel and approach.



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Submitted by mahmutkilic0408 on Tue, 03/11/2020 - 11:27

Diversity is good if you can find common values to keep them together

Submitted by gemilergeçer on Tue, 03/11/2020 - 09:51

there are many diverse people in my university this is so beneficial because they introduce to us their country's features and they are very helpful in developing our English skills.

Submitted by vsanchez75 on Fri, 23/10/2020 - 23:31

I was working at Nike and i here there are many people from different countries and many backgrounds in all aspects. So Nike encourages the respect each others. I like it because I like to have respect and give it in order to have a good enviroment

Submitted by Ugulhan on Sun, 18/10/2020 - 12:17

I think that diversity is a good chance to substitute skills between coworkers. I am a technical writer. Since I am living abroad, I have been working in a diverse team. Someone is from Colombia, another is from Europe, and I am from Uzbekistan. I would say it is really respectful to your nationality, race, and color. The conversation language is preferred speaking in English by everyone, of course. Diversity can be brought a lot of benefits for a company, as I mentioned one is skills exchange, another is profitable for selling out products from the company. There is a wide range of productivity.

Submitted by nialataria on Sat, 10/10/2020 - 16:11

My workplace is pretty diverse. I think it is beneficial for team and society.

Submitted by kenana ali on Sat, 10/10/2020 - 12:58

I think diversity is necessary as Nina said, but some times it doesn't positive because everyone maintains its view

Submitted by mcambindo22 on Fri, 09/10/2020 - 00:31

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.

Submitted by Lmsalasj on Mon, 05/10/2020 - 17:54

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.

Submitted by gabibb on Thu, 01/10/2020 - 21:00

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...

Submitted by ana cerqueira on Tue, 29/09/2020 - 10:19

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.

Submitted by Sulagna Das on Tue, 15/09/2020 - 16:26

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.

Submitted by zozo on Mon, 14/09/2020 - 15:36

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

Submitted by pilargarciach on Sun, 30/08/2020 - 11:08

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.
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Submitted by danisep on Tue, 25/08/2020 - 20:43

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.

Submitted by MARIANO_HB on Mon, 17/08/2020 - 16:56

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.

Submitted by Asni on Sat, 08/08/2020 - 21:43

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.

Submitted by IKEDA on Wed, 05/08/2020 - 20:05

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!
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Submitted by cassiamattos2013 on Fri, 31/07/2020 - 21:08

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.
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Submitted by Hennadii on Wed, 29/07/2020 - 16:06

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.

Submitted by fahri on Tue, 28/07/2020 - 11:43

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:




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Submitted by fahri on Mon, 27/07/2020 - 16:16

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.



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Submitted by Nubis on Sun, 26/07/2020 - 03:51

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.

Submitted by Javad on Fri, 17/07/2020 - 12:12

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
It is approximately a problem in each Islamic country.I have experienced it a lot I feel for you.

Submitted by abudo93 on Thu, 09/07/2020 - 18:20

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.

Submitted by Hn0062 on Wed, 08/07/2020 - 21:43

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.
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Submitted by AniDD on Mon, 06/07/2020 - 06:21

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.

Submitted by WarleyP on Sat, 04/07/2020 - 23:47

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.

Submitted by Fernando Belmonte on Tue, 23/06/2020 - 15:49

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).

Submitted by tchok on Wed, 17/06/2020 - 17:08

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.

Submitted by ishernandez on Tue, 16/06/2020 - 05:27

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.
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Submitted by AlejoPB on Mon, 15/06/2020 - 18:10

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.

Submitted by sorayajesus on Mon, 15/06/2020 - 10:05

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.

Submitted by Lizochka on Sat, 13/06/2020 - 19:39

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.!