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Acceptance in human psychology is a person's assent to the reality of a situation, recognizing a process or condition (often a negative or uncomfortable situation) without attempting to change it or protest it. The concept is close in meaning to acquiescence, derived from the Latin acquiēscere (to find rest in)


Recommendations for "Acceptance" in the workplace:

1. Hold sensitivity training sessions for staff.
This is particularly poignant if you have a diverse staff -- or are in the process of building one -- and want to ensure that everyone's diverse beliefs and cultures are not only accepted overall, but understood enough to ensure that no one on your staff thinks it's acceptable to be culturally divisive or offensive. Allow employees to give feedback on how well they feel they are accepted and to give input on what you -- as an employer -- can do differently to encourage acceptance of various differences.

2. Place employees in teams to approach various project assignments.
When employees learn to work together in a team environment, they may better be able to overcome their differences and accept one another professionally as well as personally. Educate management staff on how to facilitate conflict resolution for teams should the need arise, with a focus on accepting each other's differences and appreciating them instead of allowing them to cause conflict.

3. Plan retreats for staff to allow them a relaxed environment to get to know one another better.
This can be hard to do in a strict and staid work environment. When employees get out of the office and interact with one another, it gives them a chance to chat and network on a more personal level. A more personal understanding of each employee's personality may give way to better working relationships upon return to the office.

4. Distribute information (internal communication / branding / PR push) to your staff touting your commitment to diversity. This makes it a matter of policy, rather than just something you encourage among staff. Use the tools to detail ways to get along despite differences, conflict resolution when working styles are the issue and tips on remaining professional and learning from one another's cultural differences. Always report out progress being made to stated goals on diversity and inclusion.

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