Sephora, Starbucks, and the Quest for Meaningful Diversity

Too often, conversations about workplace diversity feel like the movie “Ground Hog Day” where Bill Murray’s character wakes to his alarm clock playing “I Got You Babe,” and he is then off to relive the day before. Murray finally transforms his callous character and starts a new day, a life lesson we have not yet learned in the workplace.

Sephora storefront. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Stalled Progress and Misuse of Authority

Progress has stalled at the doors of power and equal pay, even as a more diverse junior workforce looks up and wonders why no one in the senior ranks looks like them. And in an environment where there are few boundaries and often no consequences for misbehavior, it is easy to see how individuals act on their conscious and unconscious biases, unchecked by institutional controls.

Social Media Tells the Story

The primary difference between these incidents and similar experiences of discrimination that have occurred over the decades is that such stories may no longer languish in silence. They are captured on video and tweeted to the world.

Moving Beyond the Repetition of Ground Hog Day to Real Change

Can we emerge from Ground Hog Day conversations into a workplace where diversity and inclusion becomes the norm? Here are four ways to reset that alarm clock:

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