Earlier this week, I attended an ACHE event in New York City and took part in a moderated discussion on diversity in the workplace.
Three women from different walks of life were introduced as senior leaders in their organizations in charge of diversity.
Each was tremendous in their own right, each brought a different perspective to the discussion.
One in particular articulated our tendency to have natural biases towards people of a different race, geography or sexual orientation.
We allow these natural biases to influence our thinking and actions either consciously or subconsciously.
Being biased is not only about being black, white, yellow or brown. We have natural biases against people from different cultures, sexual orientation or geographical location. Only when we learned to respect each person as an individual, can be protect ourselves against such biases.
Together as staffmembers from many different backgrounds and experiences makes us stronger. In Healtcare, we will serve our patients better and we will provide better, safer, higher quality care together.
To understand each other, we need to learn how to communicate with each other. We need to learn to listen, process information, and thoughtfully respond to each other. Most importantly, we need to learn to ask the right questions about each other in order to learn from each other.
Honest and open dialogue needs to take place in order to make progress in the workplace. Diversity in the workplace will make us stronger together, it will make for a friendlier work environment, it will make for a more understanding work environment and above all, it will elevate us to another level of understanding, respecting and performing.
Be mindful of your mindfulness.