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What's Your Zip Code Story?: Understanding and Overcoming Class Bias in the Workplace

What's Your Zip Code Story?: Understanding and Overcoming Class Bias in the Workplace

What's Your Zip Code Story?: Understanding and Overcoming Class Bias in the Workplace

What's Your Zip Code Story?: Understanding and Overcoming Class Bias in the Workplace


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Shedding light on class division, this book offers solutions to class bias in the workplace by analyzing real experiences, social norms, education, wealth, and more. The renewed focus on class, race and equality in the workplace and beyond is making an indelible mark on society. This clarion call for change is sweeping inequality from every corner of the nation, including law enforcement, schools, and businesses. And within the past five years, diversity and inclusion, as well as unconscious bias, have been the main drivers of organizational training, politics, and community engagement. What’s Your Zip Code Story helps clarify the intersection of class bias and racial disparity in the workplace and arms organizations with the knowledge to not only have productive discussions, but also adopt effective solutions. Gross instructs class-migrants—whether college students, recent graduates, or overlooked employees—on how to climb the career lattice and transform themselves from undervalued employees to respected leaders. The book tackles challenges that class-migrants encounter when navigating the workplace and provides operative practices that can be utilized to hone new professional skills and drive positive change in workplace culture. It is a powerful tool that will inspire marginalized employees who are hungry for personal and professional growth, as well as give insight to business leaders seeking a new way to engage their teams. Through the lived experiences of the author and research-based strategies, readers will find insights on how to increase workplace engagement and business performance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538160589
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/20/2022
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,121,748
Product dimensions: 5.87(w) x 8.79(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Christopher “CJ” Gross is a TEDx speaker, international organizational development consultant, and founder of Ascension Worldwide, a full-service minority-owned consulting firm committed to helping clients achieve workplace inclusion, employee, and client diversity. CJ has 18 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies, local and national nonprofits, and government agencies. He also serves as a business management, adjunct faculty for the Community College of Baltimore County and a diversity, equity, and inclusion master faculty for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Center for Innovation. CJ is a former mechanical designer with General Electric, avid traveler, and adventure junkie living in Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania with his wife Kerryann. Together they have three children who are attending college.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Foreword: by Howard J Ross Introduction 1 Why Does Social Class Matter? 2 My Zip Code Story 3 What's Your Zip Code Story? 4 Zip Code Bias 5 10 Things Managers and Class Migrants Need to Know 6 How Businesses can Incorporate Social Class into their Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Initiatives 7 The Power of Belonging 8 Mentorship the Bridge to Equity Bibliography Notes Index About the Author

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