An accessible guide showing all people how to create and sustain diversity and inclusivity in the workplace - no matter your identity, industry, or level of experience

Product Code: 8949
ISBN: 9780807055649
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Pages: 216
Published Date: 04/07/2022
Availability:In stock
Price: $15.95

The January 2022 Justice and Spirit: Unitarian Universalist Book Club selection.

Offering real-life accounts that illustrate common workplace occurrences around inclusivity and answers to questions like “How do I identify and handle diversity landmines at work?” and “What can I do when I’ve made a mistake?” this handbook breaks down ways that organizations (and all people) can improve their cultural awareness and become more equitable in their work and personal relationships.

We know that diverse teams are stronger, smarter, and more profitable, and many companies are attempting to hire more diverse teams, but most struggle to create a real culture of inclusivity in which people from all backgrounds feel comfortable. As clinical psychologists, as well as individuals with marginalized identities, Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker and Dr. Lauren Wadsworth show the emotional and physical impact of marginalization and how that leads to a decrease in employee engagement and, often, increased job turnover.

“Did That Just Happen?!” will be invaluable for employees who come from underrepresented communities and identities (identities discussed include race, age, disability, sexual orientation, citizenship status, and gender expression). But the book is essential for leaders of companies, supervisors, HR departments, and for anyone who wants to understand and support diversity/equity/inclusion practices. The book will also make readers feel more confident in their navigating of friendships/interactions with people who hold different identities.

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Authors’ Note

Inclusive Teams Are Better Teams

What’s in a Name?

“Pioneerism”: The Good, the Bad, and the Painful

Becoming “Experts”

This Work Is Not Linear

Moving Through the Freeze

When You’ve Messed Up

Leading by Empowering Listening

Staying Safe: Swimming in the School

Responding to Identity-Related Aggressions (IRAs)

Build the Horse Before Presenting the Cart

Sustaining Yourself

Anti-Racism in the Workplace

Follow the Data to the Future

Glossary and a Few Tips to Go
Reading Guide

"It’s happening. Increasingly, employees, business leaders, and managers want to bring their ‘whole self’ to work, and more organizations are starting the tough conversations necessary to give everyone the opportunity for success. But it takes know-how to forge a smart path forward, and there are consequences for getting this wrong. Did That Just Happen?! is the step-by-step guide for leaders committed to getting diversity and inclusion right.” - Deborah “Deb” Elam, CEO, Corporate Playbook, and diversity, inclusion, and leadership thought leader

“An essential road map for moving from diversity as a hollow corporate initiative to building vital, resilient organizations that are inclusive at their core. Filled with real-world anecdotes that resonate and with skills and practices that leaders can deploy immediately; this book belongs in the library of everyone who is dedicated to building great teams.” - Rich Paret, entrepreneur and tech executive, formerly senior engineering director, Google, and VP of engineering, Twitter

“Finally! In this era of corporate pledges of commitment to diversity, a detailed and accessible ‘blueprint’ for establishing and sustaining diversity in the workplace. The authors not only present a compelling case for diversity as a vital component of a superior business model, but with clarity and through using case study presentations, they demonstrate how and why organizations - even with the best intentions - so often miss their diversity goals. This is imperative reading for all workplace personnel irrespective of position, executives and staff alike.” - Harry Edwards, PhD, professor emeritus of sociology, University of California, Berkeley

“The term ‘diversity’ has become the ‘it’ word. Unfortunately, it’s kind of like the word ‘spirituality.’ Many love to profess, but fewer are willing to commit to a sincere practice. Did That Just Happen?! helps us move beyond lip service with the practical skills and insights to foster cultures of inclusive excellence. So if you’re ready to move your business, faith community, or school beyond milquetoast homogeneity and mediocre productivity, buy this book!” - Dr. Jonathan Lee Walton, dean of the School of Divinity and Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University

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