This workshop addresses how to reduce the hidden risk of unintentional bias in your workplace. This bias comes in many forms and researchers claim it can occur even for those of us who are “not prejudiced”. It has been compared to a cancer spreading silently through the workforce and carries with it terms like “toxic workplace”. Here in Hawaii, like elsewhere, we have the responsibility to address it, both for risk mitigation and for our sense of being employers of choice.
Whatever business results you are targeting for 2019 will need to include handling this risk, to prevent workforce disruption and to keep your talent. Research and recent events show the deep and lasting effects, and training programs are springing up around the country.
What’s different about this approach? Well, a powerful difference. It offers judgment-free ways to speak up, based on the idea that the “rules of what is ok” are different today. In that way, it’s similar to how smoking “used to be ok” at work. It’s based on speaking up in the moment, which in Hawaii, presents unique challenges and opportunities.
Our model helps to pull people together to collectively solve the problem without creating more division. It builds on our concepts of ‘ohana, respect and teamwork. Because, let’s face it, confronting people aggressively doesn’t make them change, it just pushes the problem further underground.
Results: You’ll get an overview of the research across the country and data from Hawaii. You’ll have a process solution based on our Hawaii-centric culture that you can tailor to your industry and situation. And, you’ll start to plan how to strategically update your people systems to increase inclusion and reduce unintentional bias.
You will walk away with a specific tool, created in Hawaii, which uses the power of the team to speak up when bias occurs while giving the “biased” person’s behavior the “benefit of the doubt”.
Thursday, November 8, 2018
9:00 am to 11:30 am (registration begins at 8:35 a.m.)
Central Union Church
Members - $35.00 (includes continental breakfast and seminar materials)
Neighbor Island Members - $25.00
Non-Members - $50.00
About Our Speaker
Phyllis Horner, PhD is the founder of Thriving Worklife Design, an executive coaching and leadership development company specializing in helping executives succeed in the new world of work. She works with leaders ready to make a bigger impact for themselves, their businesses and the community. She also partners with organizations to update safe and healthy environments for productivity and engagement.
She has a unique perspective, having worked as a consultant, a business strategist, and an employee in several businesses across her career. She is known for practical solutions to vexing problems, and for her ability to help leaders adapt to changing realities. One “passion project” for Phyllis is to co-create workplaces with full equality for women and all ethnicities.
Phyllis has lived in Hawaii since 1989, has served on the Judicial Selection Commission, and is a current member of the Judicial Council. She is committed to helping our community lead the nation forward in inclusion, productivity and fulfillment at work.
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