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Attitude Toward Diversity Training Affects Career Satisfaction, Commitment

Supervisors who perceive diversity training as beneficial – instead of ineffective – for their staffs and themselves are happier with their careers and more committed to their companies, a recent study suggests.

Researchers in Canada asked 11,000 managers , professionals and executives about their work experiences and companies ’ diversity practices.

Participants who gave positive remarks for diversity training scored 7 to 14 percent higher in career satisfaction and job commitment than respondents who said cultural-awareness programs at work were unproductive or non-existent.

“For companies to get the most ‘bang for their buck’ in offering diversity training, it’s important that employees understand that the training is intended to help facilitate and enhance collaborative behaviors among today’s diverse workforce,” said study author Margaret Yap, director Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute in Management and Technology, which released the findings.

“These collaborative behaviors will improve an organization’s abilities to solve problems and increase productivity, innovation, creativity and morale,” Yap added in a statement.

The Journal of European Industrial Training published the study – “The Relationship Between Diversity Training, Organizational Commitment and Career Satisfaction” – in its sixth issue earlier this year.

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