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Trojan Today Classics: “The Challenges and Rewards of Multiculturalism” – By David E. Nelson

The Challenges and Rewards of Multiculturalism

By David E. Nelson

From April 2011

I lived the first decade of my life in a small town in South Central Nebraska. I thought everyone shared a home with a Mom and Dad and couple of siblings. I assumed everyone took a bath on Saturday night and got dressed up on Sunday morning and went to a church. Everyone dressed pretty much the same, influenced by the rural lifestyle that dominated our space. My family insisted I become aware of the world outside our village, but it was usually through pictures and stories, not the real thing. My world was quite small and very comfortable.

Today I live in a city of a million and a half. We have neighborhoods that reflect the energy and culture of every continent. I am part of the Interfaith Council that recognizes and celebrates fifteen different world religions. I can’t imagine a quality life without my ”family members” of a rich variety of language and ethnic heritages. This place is not better (or worse) than the small town where…

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Trojan Today : “Religion in the Workplace” – By Rebecca Boartfield

“Religion in the Workplace”

By Rebecca Boartfield

A good rule of thumb for employers has always been to treat all employees the same, applying the same rules, no one better or differently than others.

It’s a good rule, and it seems fair enough. Adhering to this would avoid legal problems, right? Not necessarily. Sometimes, as strange as it sounds, you will be required to treat some employees differently and perhaps more generously than you would other employees. One example is religion in the workplace.

Do you know what to do when an employee says, “I can’t work on Saturday because it’s against my religion?” Or, “I must wear this head scarf due to my religious beliefs?” Or, “I cannot write and mail out those holiday cards because it is against my religion?” Or,“These tattoos are part of my religion?”

If you think the answer is to ignore these requests, you would be wrong. Given the laws and protections in place for religion, a statement like this from your employee is only the very beginning of what could be a more complex issue than you imagined.

Religion and the Law

The background starts with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which protects people from discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, and religion. This means employers cannot treat employees who may fall into one of the above categories, known as protected classes, less favorably than other employees not in those groups.

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Trojan Today Classic : “Riding the Wave of Change” – By Peter Barry

Peter Barry R.R.D.H. always has pertinent topics to contribute to Trojan Today. Here is a favorite from 2014

Riding the Wave of Change

What got You Here, Won’t Get You There!

By Peter Barry

From February 2014

My many years of coaching dental professionals have taught me there is one primary talent that impacts a dental practice’s ability to achieve whatever growth and development goals it may have. This talent is your team’s ability to continually make positive changes (adjustments) in the way you do things. Creative ideas require action in order to turn them into results for your team, your patients, and your practice.

In theory, it’s simple to understand and accept the concept of “CHANGE.” But when it comes to actually doing things a little differently and breaking free of existing habits, people often struggle or simply remain stuck by reverting back to familiar activities. Why does this talent elude so many work environments? Why is it so difficult for people to break free of existing routines to implement new ways of operating and serving customers? If change is so vital to our professional success, then why do teams actively resist it so strongly?

The answer lies deep within the complex inner recesses of our primal brains.

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