Diversity in The Work Place
Workplace diversity refers to the variety of differences between people in an organization. Diversity is generalized within the following: encompassing race, gender, ethnic group, age, personality, cognitive style, tenure, organizational function, education, and background. Others have defined diversity as acknowledging, understanding, accepting, valuing, and celebrating differences among people with respect to age, class, ethnicity, gender, physical and mental ability, race, sexual orientation, spiritual practice, and public assistance status. Diversity not only reflects on oneself but as the organization as a whole—including everyone in the workplace.
People no longer live and work in an insular marketplace; they are now part of a worldwide economy with competition coming from nearly every continent. Profit and non-profit organizations need diversity to become more creative and open to change. Maximizing and capitalizing on workplace diversity has become an important issue for management today. Diversity issues are now considered important and are projected to become even more important in the future due to increasing differences in the U.S. population. Demographic changes (women in the workplace, organizational restructurings, and equal opportunity legislation) will require organizations to review their management practices and develop new and creative approaches to managing people. Changes will increase work performance and customer service. A diverse body of talent with fresh ideas and perspectives is one of the essential ingredients to a company's long-term success.
|Benefits of Work Place Diversity |Challenges on Work Place Diversity |
|Increased adaptability- Organizations employing a diverse workforce can supply a |Communication- Perceptual, cultural and language barriers need to be...