HR Executive and Bestselling Author Releases Guide to Workplace Diversity

Ovell R. Barbee, Jr.
Ovell R. Barbee, Jr.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Aug. 23, 2023 - PRLog -- Most American corporations invest money, time, and energy into diversity, equity, and inclusion, popular terms that realistically bear little weight. Companies say they want to hire people from a wide array of backgrounds, but do they even know what a diverse workforce looks like? To challenge companies to rethink their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, Ovell R. Barbee, Jr. has released The Big House: A Human-Centered and Progressive Approach to DEI and Positive Workforce Engagement.

In The Big House, human resources executive and bestselling author Ovell R. Barbee, Jr. answers the question of why so many companies fail in creating and cultivating an environment that truly embraces diversity and its benefits. He delivers essential advice to company leaders on how to stop the silence, have difficult conversations addressing race and diversity, and learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable, to achieve an environment where everyone can flourish.

"My goal is to offer perspective on workplace injustices and inequities so that people can begin to understand which behaviors are detrimental to a company's progress, and then they can be self-monitoring. This can take time, but it is critical that we all get to that point to maximize our potential as managers and leaders in the corporate world," says Barbee.

The topics covered in The Big House, such as the structure of modern corporations, respectability politics, the health toll of racism and discrimination, stopping the silence, and a new vision for corporate diversity efforts will motivate and inspire leaders to have the courage to build a better, human-centered workplace. This book is a must-have for anyone working in corporate leadership.

Barbee says, "I want to offer solutions to employees and employers. Employees should be comfortable bringing their "whole selves" to work, and employers should recognize and embrace the benefits of diversity and how a lack of diversity can be a problem that ultimately cripples the organization."

Ovell R. Barbee, Jr. is compassionately assertive in challenging the status quo on behalf of others. A distinguished HR and diversity executive, Barbee grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, earning bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan and a second master's from Michigan State University. An advocate for education, he established the "Barbee Book Club," paying for books and supplies for four years of college for a local Grand Rapids student.

Published by Publish Your Gift®, The Big House: A Human-Centered and Progressive Approach to DEI and Positive Workforce Engagement is now available for purchase online.


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