Diversity in the Workplace

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Abstract Workplace diversity refers to the variety of differences between people in an organization. That sounds simple, but diversity encompasses race, gender, ethnic group, age, personality, cognitive style, tenure, organizational function, education, background and more. Diversity not only involves how people perceive themselves, but how they perceive others. Those perceptions affect their interactions. For an assortment of employees to function effectively as an organization, human resource professionals need to effectively deal with issues such as communication, adaptability and change. This paper will discuss the benefits of providing a diversified workforce, compared to maintaining a workforce that only thinks one dimensional. In addition to discussing the benefits of a diversified work place this paper will also discuss some of the drawback that may arise within the scope of diversity in the workplace. Diversity in the Workplace Government Enforcement An organizations total success is built around the operation of its employees. The employees are key to providing excellent ideas that allows the company to grow and prosper in ways that may be unimaginable to those who refuse to allow thinking outside the box. Since the end of WWII both minorities and females have faced obstacles that have prevented them from maintaining equal treatment in the workplace. The Government mandated the Equal Opportunity Act, which allowed minorities and females to receive the same chance during job competitions. When a workplace environment is populated by persons who differ in obvious ways, such as by race, ethnicity, sex, language or religion, it is said to be diverse. Other factors, such as profession and level of education, whether a person is a parent or even a favorite kind of music, are also significant contributors to the diversity of a

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