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diversity dr emily nolting commercial landscape ornamental horticulture specialist

DiversityDr. Emily NoltingCommercial Landscape/Ornamental Horticulture Specialist

All of human differences

Understanding and appreciating how our human differences affect customer relations, work and personal relations

what it is about
What it is about?
  • What it isWhat it is not
  • A beginning A quick fix
  • Introspective Confrontational
  • Thought provoking About changing you
  • An Opportunity A problem
  • Company success A fad
is it hispanic or latino
Is it Hispanic or Latino??
  • Hispanic: trace their origins to Spanish speaking countires: Spain and Latin America
  • Latino: More inclusive to emcompass native American, African, and Asian componets of Latin-derived languages.
why training is important
Why Training is Important
  • The differences and how we treat people based on those differences
  • Acknowledging and understanding not tolerating
  • Diversity Training impacts the work environment, for employees and customers
perception and experiences
Perception and Experiences

“You Misjudge Us Because You Do Not Know Us.”

W.E.B. DuBois

  • What you know – Is what you are.
  • What you don’t know
  • What you don’t know you don’t know
  • What you don’t know and don’t care will be the problem
    • Fear
    • Distrust
hispanics in the u s
Hispanics in the U.S.
  • Kansas 7%
  • USA 12.5%
    • Asian and Hispanic populations will triple over the next 50 years.
    • 1995, 74% /white; 2050, 53%
  • African Americans in KS 5.7%
  • SW Kansas 34%
  • Some counties 61%
  • 1980-2000 Hispanic population doubled
    • 50% Speak English
    • Growth rate at 12% per year
projections
Projections
  • US Census Bureau Projection that the Hispanic and Asian populations will triple in the next 50 years.
    • 2000-2050, 35.6 million to 102.6 million ; 188%
  • During the same time period, there will be a decline in European populations
the marketplace
The Marketplace
  • Hispanic growth is five time faster than the growth of the general population with $170,000 purchasing power annually
  • African American, $300,000
  • Total Non-White, (1990) $600,000.
  • “If you want to sell things and go where the growth is, about half your market will be people in their 50’s, and the other half will be the Hispanic and Asian populations”
          • Gregory Spencer, Census Bureau
insights and benefits
Insights and Benefits
  • Challenges
    • Low education; no basic skills
    • Language, accent
    • Cultural differences, sub cultures
      • Internal discrimination
    • Fear, both ways; we don’t know each other
    • Intimidation; asking questions, saving face
    • Transportation
    • Cash world; buying patterns, trusting systems
more insights
More insights
  • No family here
  • Housing
  • Retention
  • Inclusion
  • Gender discrimination
  • No problems
benefits
Benefits
  • Great work ethic
  • Loyalty
  • Dependability
  • Large labor supply
  • Pride in work
  • Close to the land
  • Courteous and polite
more benefits
More benefits
  • High attention to detail
  • Seasonal; good or bad
  • High productivity
  • Characteristics
    • Bringing gifts shows respect
    • No eye contact
    • Hugging is normal
    • In your face
    • Old habits
a company strategy for inclusion
A Company Strategy for Inclusion
  • “Most people will not leave any organization unless they are dissatisfied”
    • All internal communication in both English and Spanish
    • Bilingual laison
    • Encourage Hispanics to enroll in English classes
    • Learn Spanish, develop icons
    • Plan for promotion
more strategies
More strategies
  • Understand and willingly adapt to culture differences
  • Provide diversity training to managers
  • Mentoring program
  • Celebrate diversity with activities

Dia de la Independencia, September 15th

Dia do los Muertos, November 2nd

Cinco de Mayo, May 5th

El cumpleanos, birthdays

things most important
Things Most Important
  • Country
    • Patriotic wall flags
    • Posters
    • Play their music while loading trucks
    • Lunch under trees
    • Serve ethnic foods
    • Show and tell
family
Family
  • Understand the extended family syndrome
  • Uncle is the authority
  • Don’t put brother- in-laws together
  • Ask for family pictures
  • Free call from office to their family
  • Share with them about family
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God
  • Respect their beliefs
  • Respect their “special days”
  • December 12, holy day Virgen de Guatoloupe
  • Support
    • Get to know them
    • Legal issues
    • Credit and money issues
more information
More Information

United States Department of Justice

Immigration and Naturalization Service

Employer and Labor Relations Officer

9747 N. Conant Ave.

Kansas City, MO

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