August 30, 2021

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How to Reduce Diversity-Related Conflicts at Work: 10 Tips

Secretly Worried That More Diversity Inclusion Will Lead To More Conflicts At Work?

Conflict is a catalyst for change. It is a sign that people are thriving, growing with changing needs and interests. It is not something to fear. Conflict should inspire dialogue, not fear.

Yesterday I led a group of 30 plus employees on an exploration of systemic racism and unconscious biases to see how they can move beyond the status quo. The idea was to start a new dialogue, one that challenges their own thinking and comfort level.

This fall I will be leading the DEIW certificate program on healing and transformational and healing series of training on DEI and Interpersonal Well-being for those who want more than just a workshop. You can learn more here

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Here are the ten steps I shared to reduce diversity-related conflicts:

  1. – Acknowledge that Conflict is Possible
  2. – Create a framework for Critical conversations at work
  3. – Remind your team that culture defines beliefs and values
  4. - Help your team understand lived experience are diverse
  5. - Help your team understand the importance of values
  6. - Help your team create clarity and focus
  7. - Respect Boundaries
  8. – Don’t let issues accumulate
  9. – Don’t make assumptions
  10. – Don’t encourage stereotypes

I think it goes without saying that one of the most important things you can do in the face of diversity conflicts is to get the right help. Don't assume it will work itself out. Get help to create a safe place for dialogue and a framework for critical conversation. Join us for the DEIW program as we explore the critical conversation framework for DEI

Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst, Speaker, Author, thought leader, and the world’s leading expert on Interpersonal Wellness Competency Mindset teaching and coaching. Joyce is President & CEO of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. for over 24. She is Founder of the Global Workplace Wellness Summit and What’s Happening at Work podcast. Joyce has authored five books. She is the Publisher of Faces of Workplace Wellness Magazine. Joyce is a C-Suite level workplace wellness expert and corporate trainerShe can be reached at phone 1 877 999-9591

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Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst, Corporate Trainer, Keynote Speaker, Author, and Master Leadership and Well-being Coach. Joyce is the Thought Leader behind the groundbreaking Well-being Intelligence Curriculum™ and WIS® Assessment that identifies well-being risks for individuals and organizations. Her work includes harassment and psychological safety consultation, designing inclusive wellness systems, wellness assessments, diversity conflict and well-being consultations, train the trainer certifications, and relational leadership coaching. Joyce also hosts the annual Global Workplace Wellness Summit and her weekly What’s Happening at Work podcast. She is the author of six books and President of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. Joyce is passionate about helping people identify and reduce barriers to living their best lives. In her downtime, you will find Joyce reading, cooking, taking long walks or enjoying time with family and friends. She can be reached at

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