In terms of content, “diversity competence” training programs teach fundamental concepts and strategies for coping with diversity and how to apply them to real-life situations.
The skill-building training is primarily aimed at managers in research & development but should be open to all employees interested. Ideally, the class itself is diverse in terms of characteristics. Especially in interactive elements such as discussions and group exercises, participants will benefit from various perspectives and a mutual exchange of experiences.
Larger organizations often develop their offerings as internal training in collaboration with those responsible for HR and diversity and inclusion. SMEs may bring in external partners to deliver the training.
Within the framework of diversity competence training, managers and employees in the research & development field gain knowledge concerning diversity aspects in the working environment. This course encourages participants to reflect on their perceptions and assumptions on how to interact with various diversity groups in the workplace, especially in innovation. Participants learn how to incorporate diversity management approaches into their daily practices and creative processes. The direct influence and the role-model function of diversity-competent managers have a positive impact on the entire organization’s innovation processes and procedures. In the long run, diversity competence in the workplace helps create an inclusive innovation culture and the comprehensive promotion of innovation processes.