Diversity In The Workplace
In the global economy today, diversity in the workplace is, and has become one of the most popular topics and a serious objective for many organizations. In today’s workforce many organizations say they value diversity, but have developed human resource programs that focus mainly on how similar we are. In this paper, I will provide different aspects of the meaning of diversity as well as touch on diversity management, diversity training and breaking the glass ceiling.
The U.S. Workforce will experience a huge change in its composition within the next decade. In R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr.’s article, “Organizational Development: Redefining Diversity”, he ...view middle of the document...
They see this as the basic definition, but more deeply define it as the most powerful differences: age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and physical ability. Diversity can be considered any dimension that differentiates a person from another.
The Hudson Institute’s Workforce 2000 reported major changes in the demography of the U.S. Labor Force. The workforce has a declining growth rate. In 2000, the workforce consisted of larger amounts of older workers, women, minorities and immigrants than ever previously recorded. Because of the changes in the workforce demographic projections cultural diversity is becoming an important issue in the management of businesses.
Diversity training is a long-term process, not a quick fix and when managed effectively, it can be a long-term project. Managing diversity requires managers to put policies and procedures in place to meet these diverse needs of the employees. For example, the Martin Luther, King Jr. Holiday is not a day honored by the company as a company holiday. If an employee wants this day off because of personal beliefs, this is where a manager should put into understanding the issue of flexible holiday schedules. This way it wouldn’t seem like the company honors policies with cultural restrictions. Workforce 2000 tells us that there is a business rationale behind managing human resources needs. So why have diversity management? Easy answer, so your business can survive. Diversity management is a form of management designed to regulate not only a multiracial workforce but to recognize and adapt to a multicultural management structure. The operational differences and conflicts in the workforce may not always be racial, but they will be multiracial/ethnic. Adaptation is a two-way street; this should be a mutual process and agreement between the individual and the company.
Managers are encouraged to implement diversity training programs in order to make some type of effort to know the needs and concerns of the different types of groups in our society. These programs should make everyone aware of their cultural differences and show appreciation for these differences. In order to do this, managers must fully develop their communication skills. In doing this, they should verbalize their concerns and discourage the stereotyping of any ethnic group in the workplace. These groups should always be apart of the decision making process and help to create the companies organizational procedures. Another important factor for managers to know is, there is no one solution for addressing the issue of diversity in the workplace.
The first woman who made history by being named by the U.S. Supreme Court as the first woman to break the “glass ceiling” was Sandra Day O’ Connor. While her husband was on military duty in Europe, she was unable to find a job with a law firm in Arizona because of her gender. She established her own successful law firm, and in 1965 she was named...