The Necessity of Accommodating Workforce Diversity

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The Necessity of Accommodating Workforce Diversity Abstract Accommodating workforce diversity can no longer be seen as a luxury. Because of this companies must now balance different types of diversities in order to keep employees happy and the company functioning. Age is not the only diversity within the workplace, but now cultural differences such as race, religion and personal beliefs also play a bigger part. For many companies, accommodating workforce diversity is a task that needs to be carried out through all levels of the company in order to be successful. With globalization becoming ever present within most companies, diversity can no longer be considered a luxury. Companies that embrace diversity tend to profit on both the balance sheet and the front page as opposed to companies that do not. Accommodating workforce diversity can no longer be seen as a luxury. No longer is the workforce predominately made up of Caucasian middle-aged males. It is now a melting pot of different ages, cultures and races. Because of this companies must now balance different types of diversities in order to keep employees happy and the company functioning. Firstly, people are now staying in the workforce longer. This now means that people of different generations now have to work alongside one another which can cause conflict. Age is not the only diversity within the workplace, but now cultural differences such as race, religion and personal beliefs also play a bigger part. With all of these differences, employers can no longer establish one set of standards and expect all to fall within them. Although it can be a challenge, the payoff for making these accommodations can end up being far more than the initial costs. What exactly is diversity? Dr. Pace (2005) defines a diverse group as “one that includes people from different ethnic, racial, economic and religious
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