Cultural Diversity in the Workplace

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| Cultural Diversity in the Workplace | World Telecommunications, Inc. | Cultural diversity has always been a sufficient part of our daily lives, but how important is the acceptance of diversity in the workplace? There is always a vast array of different cultures passing us every day. Every town has different restaurants and shops dedicated to educating the masses on these different cultural customs and beliefs. However, has anyone ever really considered how beneficial we are to be able to experience these different cultures? Some countries, and even smaller cities and towns, haven’t had the chance to embrace the different ethnic backgrounds that make up our country like some of the larger cities have the privilege of experiencing. It has become more relevant than ever for more than one cultural and ethnic background to be a part of our daily lives in our workplace as well. These are the individuals that we see on a daily basis; those who help keep the very company that financially supports our daily lives afloat with us. In “Career World,” Janice Arenofsky stated that “it pays to know what’s ‘Greek’ or unfamiliar to you.” (Arenofsky, 1998). It is unclear how much influence these cultures have on the functionality of the workplace, but what is clear is the necessary ability everyone needs to posses in order to understand and work with individuals different than ourselves. Arenofsky also stated, “Bosses consider human relation skills as important as computer skills.” (Arenofsky, 1998). This may put a lot in perspective for those interested in finding a job. It is no longer just a degree that employers look for in entry level employees; being able to relate and understand different cultures in the workplace is becoming more of a demand than a bonus in almost all areas of work. In this paper, we will discuss the many aspects that are associated with
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