TECH 670 Trends Report1

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Trends Report 1 Running Head: Trends Report TECH 670 Trends Report Workplace Diversity Julia A. McCain North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University February 20, 2008
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Trends Report 2 Trends Report on Workplace Diversity Identifying the Trend Among the most significant challenges facing organizations are the demographic changes occurring in the United States. Because they affect the workforce of employers, these changes— in employee racial and cultural background, age, gender, and education—are important topics for Almost everyone has heard the phrase “the graying of America.” Increasingly, American workers continue to be a diverse group. In the year 2010 minorities will account for an even larger share of the U.S. labor force than they do today. Although whites will still constitute the largest percentage of the labor force, African-Americans will increase their share from 10 to 12 percent, Hispanics from 7 to 12 percent, and Asian-Americans and others from 3 to 6 percent. The number of women (15%) in the labor force is expected to grow at a significantly higher rate than that for men (9%) resulting in women increasing their share to 48 percent by 2010. These minority groups are expected to account for about 70 percent of labor force growth between the years 2004 to 2010. Much of this growth is due to the arrival of immigrants who often are of working age but have different educational and occupational backgrounds from those of the U.S. population. In cities such as New York, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Detroit, From an overall viewpoint, organizations must get away from the tradition of fitting employees into a singe corporate mold. Everyone will not look and act the same. Organizations must create new policies to explicitly recognize and respond to the unique needs of individual employees (Byars and Rue, 2006).
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Trends Report 3 Describing the Trend The trends that will affect business organizations are: society will become more diverse, corporations will become increasingly global, diversity will become more of a business issue, diverse work teams will be a reality in organizations, and diversity training will be integrated with other types of training. To accommodate the rapid and dramatic shift in demographics, many organizations have increased their efforts to recruit and train a more diverse workforce. In this regard, a group of firms such as Chevron, AT&T, and Monsanto has developed an organization called Inroads, which for the past twenty-five years has identified promising minority students during their senior year in high school and offered them summer internships. Darden Restaurants, best known for its Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains, has an extensive history of recruiting minority employees. Another example is 7-Eleven, the convenience store chain, which has increased its efforts to attract minority candidates to be owners of its franchises (Bohlander &
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