Diversity in the workplace

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Diversity in the workplace

  1. 1. © 2006 Thomson-Wadsworth Diversity in the Workplace • Diversity – In the workplace, this refers to ethnic, racial, gender, age, and other differences among workers.
  2. 2. © 2006 Thomson-Wadsworth Diversity in the Workplace • Diversity defined – Culturally Diverse Organization - An organization that has a workforce representative of many different cultural groups. – Multicultural Organization - An organization that values, encourages, and affirms diverse cultural modes, in which each point of view is valid and different cultures contribute to decision making.
  3. 3. © 2006 Thomson-Wadsworth Diversity in the Workplace • Changing demographics and legislative initiatives – Gender – Age • Workforce data is available through: U.S. Department of Labor at www.dol.gov and Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov – Culture
  4. 4. © 2006 Thomson-Wadsworth Diversity in the Workplace – Changing Demographics • Differences in physical ability – Americans with Disabilities Act - A federal law that enables people with different physical abilities to enter the mainstream with greater ease by mandating that organizations and businesses provide the appropriate accommodation (for example, accessible lavatories, parking, and so on) for all. – www.ada.gov
  5. 5. © 2006 Thomson-Wadsworth Diversity in the Workplace – Changing Demographics • Equal opportunity/affirmative action – Equal Opportunity - A federal law that prohibits discrimination against certain groups, such as women or minorities, in the workforce. – U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at www.eeoc.gov – Affirmative Action - A federal law that requires giving hiring preference to previously disenfranchised workers.
  6. 6. © 2006 Thomson-Wadsworth Diversity in the Workplace • Benefits of diversity – Larger worker pool with diverse experiences – Increases diversity of customers – Creates beneficial environment for workers – Increased ability to satisfy diverse customers
  7. 7. © 2006 Thomson-Wadsworth Diversity in the Workplace • Drawbacks of diversity – Xenophobia – Sabotage by employees – Loss of employees • Goals of diversity in the workplace – The goal of diversity in the workplace is to provide a work environment in which everyone is a contributing member of the organization.
  8. 8. © 2006 Thomson-Wadsworth Diversity in the Workplace • Compliance versus commitment • Diversity training
  9. 9. © 2006 Thomson-Wadsworth Conclusions • Diversity in the workplace includes embracing differences among workers, which include, but are not limited to, race, culture, gender, age, and differences in physical abilities. • As society moves toward achieving the goal of a truly diverse workforce, the problems encountered will be overshadowed by the enrichment of the workplace that diversity brings.
  10. 10. © 2006 Thomson-Wadsworth Conclusions • Diversity in the workplace includes embracing differences among workers, which include, but are not limited to, race, culture, gender, age, and differences in physical abilities. • As society moves toward achieving the goal of a truly diverse workforce, the problems encountered will be overshadowed by the enrichment of the workplace that diversity brings.

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