Sensitivity training is ono-on-one couseling designed to increase self-awareness and sensitivity to others. It aims to help key personnel to develop their leadership skills around issues of diversity and harassment prevention. There are no federal laws reguiring sensitivity training, employers may offer it voluntarily when they deem some response other than termination is appropriate. One state requires employers with 50 or more employees to enroll their managers in sensitivity training on company time.
Sensitivitytraining focuses on the broad definitions of human diversity: age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, physical status, economic class, education, religion, political ideology and more.
Some of the reasons for sensitivity training may include to:
- Illustrate how cultural differences may impact behavior
- Increase awareness of the impact of culture in the workplace
- Demonstrate skills for managing a culturally diverse work force
- Address issues of gender in the workplace