Capstone diversity in the workplace videosPresentation Transcript
Amanda H. HardieCapstoneFlorida State College at Jacksonville
Is diversity in theworkplace possible? Are the lofty goals ofdiversity and equalitydoomed to failure? Do the laws governingworkplace diversity containenough specificity to deemthem enforceable? Inclusiveness…does theterm itself promotesexclusiveness? How will it diversity in theworkplace affect my futureemployment goals?In my research paper Iexamined the currentstatus of diversity in theworkplace, its enforcementand the power of themedia, social networkingand public perceptioninfluencing diversity in theworkplace.
There are severalfederal laws:The Civil RightsAct of 1964,The Equal Pay Actof 1963The AgeDiscrimination inEmployment Act of1967The RehabilitationAct of 1973(sections 501 and505),Title II of theGenetic InformationNondiscriminationAct of 2008The Civil RightsAct of 1991.
While celebratingdiversity is asomewhat dauntingendeavor, it cantranslate intobottom-line profitsfor any company.From a marketingperspective, acompany thatcelebrates andimplements a diverseworkforce stands togain big in the publicperception of thatcompany and itsproducts or services.
President, Dan Cathy, of Chick-Fil-A recently made his views on Gaymarriage public. This created a storm among supporters and non-supporters.
In July 2012, HomeDepot faced aboycott of morethan 540,000 peoplebecause HomeDepot publiclysupports“homosexualactivism” (Vu, 2013).On the company website, HomeDepot defines it diversityprogram’s mission thusly: “Themission of The Home Depot’sSupplier Diversity Program is toform mutually beneficialpartnerships with diversebusinesses that allow us todeliver superior products andservices and superb customerservice, which ultimatelyincrease shareholder value.”
“Lowe’s longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusionis a core element of our business strategy and our mission toimprove the communities we serve. Diverse perspectiveshelp us solve everyday challenges, develop innovative ideasand grow our business. We’re dedicated to continuing tofoster an inclusive culture that promotes diversity of thoughtand celebrates the unique talents that each professionalbrings to Lowe’s. Together, we’re committed to treating everycustomer, employee, community, investor and vendor withrespect and dignity.”
It is clear that the path of diversity is neither simple nor clear-cut.To navigate the legal and ethical path to diversity, a company mustbe firstly committed to this endeavor and, secondly, committed toits implementation. This might mean investing in legal, humanresource employees and work group of employees trained and paidto navigate diversity in the workplace. As an employer oremployee, diversity will affect my future in business and myopportunities for advancement in business.
Resources A, W. (2013, March 10). Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wajahat-ali/a-lowes-down-dirty-shame_b_1148546.html Davis, L. (2013, March 16). Retrieved fromhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/lennard-davis/have-a-little-diversity-w_b_1734513.html Home Depot. (2013, March 3). Retrieved from http://careers.homedepot.com/ Lemonier, L. (2013, February 20). eHow. Retrieved fromhttp://www.ehow.com/list_6824657_diversity-workplace-laws.html Lowes. (2013, 10 March). Retrieved fromhttp://responsibility.lowes.com/workplace/our-programs/diversity-and-inclusion/ Vu, M. A. (2013, February 18). Retrieved fromhttp://www.christianpost.com/news/over-540000-sign-home-depot-boycott-over-gay-activism-53907/