The Class Divide in the Workplace and Its Implications

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Concurrent Session
The Class Divide in the Workplace and Its Implications
10/30/2019 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM |
Salon ABC (Third Floor)
1.00 SHRM PDCs
| Competencies: Business Acumen, Global & Cultural Effectiveness, Relationship Management
| Intended Audience: All Levels
Workplace Application:
Learn how to identify and mitigate social class biases that consistently affect daily human resource functions. 

Many D&I conversations focus on race, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and generational issues. Class is usually at the bottom of the list or not on the list at all. According to a Harvard Business Review article titled, “Why Companies Should Add Class to the Diversity Discussion,” “97% of individuals from working-class background report that their social class background affects their work experience.” This session will explore the class divide in the workplace and its implications for diversity and inclusion. Class migration has been ongoing for hundreds of years. It has become a phenomenon over the last 30 years with the increase of college graduates from working-class families. In addition, it will explore class migration and the challenges it poses in the workplace. This eye-opening session will help you to identify class migration challenges and identify class bias.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the implication of class for diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace.
  • Identify the eight elements of class.
  • Gain awareness of conversations about class.
  • Learn new strategies to mitigate class bias.
Christopher “CJ” Gross Photo
Christopher “CJ” Gross, Chief Consulting Officer, Ascension Worldwide, LLC