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Final Project: Diversity Final Project: Diversity April Rice BUS600: Management Communications with Technology Dr. Frank Czarny February 14, 2011 1
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Final Project: Diversity Final Project: Diversity The world is increasing globally, and this requires more interaction among people from diverse cultures, beliefs, and backgrounds. Maximizing and capitalizing on work place diversity is an important issue in the workplace. People need to recognize the ways in which the workplace is changing, evolving, and diversifying. Managing diversity appears to be an organizational challenge for some businesses. Businesses must train their managers with the skills needed to handle a multicultural work environment. Managers in turn must be prepared to teach others within their organization to value the differences so everyone is treated with dignity. The United States is considered the melting point of people. The American society does not cater to a single group of people. Every year thousands of immigrants come to the United States in search of a better life. Mixing with people from different races, nationality, and religious background is unavoidable. Therefore, the issue of diversity in the workplace needs consideration. Each immigrant that enters the country contributes to the cultural, religious, or ethnic diversity of America as they assimilate into society. Diversity in the workplace means employing people without discrimination on the basis of gender, age, ethnic, or racial background. The problem in today’s society is that a lot of businesses when thinking of diversity think only of ethnicity, race, and gender. Diversity is a much broader area. Diversity is human qualities that are different from our own and outside the groups to which we belong, but present in other individuals and groups. Diversity is defined as acknowledging, understanding, accepting, valuing, and celebrating, differences among people with respect to age, class, ethnicity, gender, physical and mental ability, race, 2
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Final Project: Diversity sexual orientation, spiritual practice, and public assistance status (Esty, 1995). Increasing differences in the U. S. population will cause diversity to be more important in the future. According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM, 1998), companies need to focus on diversity and look for ways to become totally inclusive organizations because diversity has the potential of yielding greater productivity and competitive advantages. Managing diversity focuses on maximizing the ability of all employees to contribute to organizational goals. Managing diversity also emphasizes business necessity. Diversity must work for everyone. According to Taylor Cox, Cultural Diversity, managing diversity is defined as “planning and implementing organizational systems and practices to manage people so that the potential advantages of diversity are maximized while it potential disadvantages are minimized”.
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