Building Bridges across the Multicultural Workplace
Fairleigh Dickinson University
June 20, 2014
What is Diversity?
The term “diversity” is used broadly to refer to many demographic variables, including, but not limited to, race, religion, color, gender, national origin, and skill characteristics. America’s diversity has given this country its unique strength, resilience, and richness. (Interior, 2014)
How to manage Diversity?
The evolution of the administration of Human Resources policies and procedures have made possible to understand the term Diversity and how to manage it at the workplace. With the increasing number of newcomers to this country and the fact that a vast number of these immigrants are entering with higher education background and high skill levels, it is clear that more and more companies are seeing diversity as an opportunity rather than a threat.
In one typical approach, the steps include providing strong leadership, assessing the situation, providing diversity training and education, changing the culture and management systems, and evaluating the diversity management program’s results. (Dessler, 2013)
Does Affirmative Action counts in this Effort?
Affirmative Action generally means taking actions to eliminate the present effects of past discrimination. Many employers still pursue voluntary, good-faith effort strategies in identifying and eliminating the obstacles to hiring and promoting women and minorities, while some employers are under court mandated requirements to do so. (Dessler, 2013)
Obviously that Affirmative Action plays a huge role in this aspect since the inception of this policy into the social spectrum provided the opportunity to many people to defend themselves from different type of abuses and gave the access to gain more and more representation into the social network and especially at the workplace since through...