I am looking for suggestions, examples, and experiences to help in the development of training for employees to improve their external network building skills to build further diversity in our organization.
A couple of months ago, I volunteered to participate in a “Diversity Council” within our Information Systems organization. Our “IS Diversity” vision is “to be a world-class Information Services organization that builds its strength through the successful integration of the diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences of our employees around the world.”
In support of that vision, I’ve taken on a task from a previous council member to develop a Computer-based Training (CBT). The intent of this CBT is to provide IS employees with information and skill development for helping to build a network that further promotes diversity, with respect to bringing in new employees. The expectation is that this training will supplement other programs where company representatives are attending job fairs, professional conferences, and training conferences.
The original draft of the CBT essentially provides information on company background and then provides instructions to direct people to the corporate website to apply. I feel that this is an incomplete approach and doesn’t address the building of relationships. I expect the contrary perspective and concern is that representatives at these conferences do not have time or expertise to represent all appropriate areas and build relationships.
What are your thoughts and experiences?