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Page 1 of 6 CS 134 Organizational Communication Chapter 12 Diversity in Organizations Women and Minorities: Today’s Organizations Glass ceiling Color discrimination Greater difficulty in getting a job Greater difficulty in climbing the ladder Mommy track Off-ramp On-ramp Outsider within Glass Ceiling Defined The invisible barrier within organizations that prevents women and people of color from  ascending/attaining higher level management and executive positions. (Reuther & Fairhurst, 2000)w Reasons for the Glass Ceiling Male CFOs fault women’s supposed lack of interest, family responsibilities, and lack of numeric  representation (women’s absence within the leadership pipeline) Lack of access to male-dominated networks, lack of mentoring, & lack of access to line positions that  afford women authority Reasons Why Women Are Held Back (Reinhold, 2005) The culture of most companies today are still overwhelming “white and male” Gender bias still exists Most companies have not created a culture of accountability for the development of female managers  and executives Companies do not always view people skills as executive skills Many companies fail to help women juggle the competing demands of work, life, and family Because women often lack the mentors & collegial networks of communication to which their male  colleagues are privy Current Gender Success Stories (Reinhold, 2005) Several companies that have strived to use systematic efforts: Recruit
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Page 2 of 6 Recognize Identify Develop and advance women managers & executives Effective Actions for Organizations to Include Diversity (Reinhold, 2005) Get top management to buy-in Launch a comprehensive initiative Remove cultural barriers
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