The Small Business HR Podcast

Ep. 36

36. Facilitating Successful DEI Training for Your Employees w/ Natasha K. A. Wiebusch

In episode 36, we talk with Natasha K. A. Wiebusch to learn about the best practices for facilitating successful DEI training for employees.
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Natasha K.A. Wiebusch

Legal & HR Writer and Attorney-in-recovery

In this episode, we sat down with Natasha K. A. Wiebusch, Legal & HR Writer and Attorney-in-recovery, to learn about how to facilitate successful DEI training for employees.

During our discussion, we talked about:

  • What DEI training is and why it’s important
  • Why we keep seeing articles that say “DEI training doesn’t work”
  • Where DEI training fits into a people strategy
  • Her experience implementing a successful DEI training program
  • What made her DEI training program for employees more successful than previous attempts
  • Her key learnings and takeaways from that experience

Also, as Natasha mentioned in the episode, here’s the research on why DEI matters:

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DEI training is employee training that provides skills and knowledge about diversity, equity, and inclusion in a way that relates to their everyday jobs. It’s important because it not only improves how people feel at work, but also improves the bottom line.”

Natasha K.A. Wiebusch

DEI includes a lot of different groups of protected classes, as well as diverse backgrounds and experiences. From a protected class standpoint, it depends on what state you live in and how big your company is. It goes beyond race, and includes religion, national origin, veteran status, and so on.”

Natasha K.A. Wiebusch

What’s important is to look at DEI from a broad perspective and to keep an open mind.”

Natasha K.A. Wiebusch

In order to be successful, DEI training should be one pillar of your overall DEI strategy. Look at your benefits and compensation offerings. Support employee resource groups. These will all complement your DEI training.”

Natasha K.A. Wiebusch

As a trainer at a small, predominantly white college in central Wisconsin, I trained over 400 employees in EEO-AA employee recruitment training. I collaborated with two HR professors in the MBA program on that training and allowed them to conduct research on whether the training had positive training outcomes. In short, previous attempts to train employees had failed.”

Natasha K.A. Wiebusch

Frame the training as a positive experience; do it consistently; and give employees other opportunities to participate in DEI. You’ll have better outcomes from your training.”

Natasha K.A. Wiebusch

Don’t shy away from facilitating micro-trainings. These 15-minute trainings can cover just one DEI skill, once a week. It’s a good way to keep DEI on people’s minds, but also not overextend your time as a small HR department or department of one.”

Natasha K.A. Wiebusch

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