Diversity In Workplace

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Diversity in the workplace, organizations, even nations has become much touted goal. American society is composed of a wide variety of cultures. The workforce of American has changed dramatically. The need to meet this change poses an enormous challenge to U S organizations to reassess the most important asset-the workforce. Changing U S laborforce demographics, the gradual ascension of minorities groups in management positions and the efforts of private industry to value employee differences re factors driving the adaptation of traditional management to include the theory and practice of workforce diversity. (Carrell et al, 2000) This report offers an overview of the problem and provides comprehensive knowledge and skills to understand…show more content…
In the 1970s, when Baby boomers were still joining the employment lines, the laborforce grew by 2.9 percent a year. Growth about 1 percent a year was realized in the 1990s (carrel et al, 2000). Diversity in the workplace in its broadest sense is the management of individuals from different cultures sharing a broad range of common traits (carrel et al 2000). This definition is likely to be used in workplaces with diversity programs that include the following (Carrell et al, 2000; www.doi.gov ). The primary dimensions are those human differences that are inborn ant that exert a major impact on us. Age, ethnicity, gender, race, physical disabilities/qualities and perhaps, sexual/affect ional orientation are primary dimensions at the core of individual identities. • Secondary dimensions are those that are depth and individuality to our lives. They are more mutable and can be change, discarded or modified throughout our lives, education, geographic location, income, marital status, military experience, religion, work experience, and parental status are examples (Carrell et al, 2000; www.doi.gov…show more content…
Because managers and other professionals are so influential in creating change their active and visible effort can be effective in bringing together the entire workforce to develop and implement strong, effective policies and programs (Carrell et al, 2000; Johnson, Yanca, 2001). Across the nation, diversity in the workforce more and more reflects the diversity of population and has shown a considerable change. (Carrell et al, 2000). A more diverse workforce means that relationships between workers are more likely to cross gender, racial and ethnic line (Johnson, Yanca, 2001). The success of business depends on the diversified workforce and finding the means to harness \its energies, talents, differences for tomorrow’s challenge (Carrell et al, 2000). While the work presented in this report does not claim to offer the last word on these matters, it does highlight series of practical steps for the changing workforce that can be taken in policy, programming and research. These studies are part of a concerted effort to understand the impact of diversity on the workplace and to rid the work place of
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