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benefit . Multiculturalism has given the chance to build a remarkable nation, with a distinctive and meaningful blend of cultures .the approach we adopt as a nation towards the many diverse individuals who make up our society …will be one of the critical factors determining what Australia will offer its people for the rest of this century and beyond. Diversity needs to be seen as an advantage for management, as it provides different perspectives on approaches, problems and projects .The challenge of management is to be able to successfully manage these differences as to achieve synergy i.e. When the combined efforts of the total workforce are greater than individual efforts when added together .From this perspective it can be seen that there are distinct advantages of having a diversified workforce .These can include: Utilisation of the unique talents of the workforce Increased profits Increase customer awareness
Crown Institute of Business and Technology Pty LtdABN 86 116 018 412 National Provider No: 91371 CRICOS Provider Code: 02870D North Sydney Campus: 116 Pacific Highway North Sydney NSW 2060 P 02 9955 0488 F 02 9955 3888 Sydney CBD Campus: Level 5, 303 Pitt St Sydney NSW 2000 P 02 8959 6340 F 02 9955 3888BSBDIV601 Develop and implement diversitypolicy Student Workbook v1.0Page 12of 76Ultimately the purpose of any business is to achieve the bottom line, i.e. make a profit. In the end Diversity can then be judged by what is achieved. Adding value to your product or service Increase profits Increased customer awareness Culture:A crucial aspect and a chief bearing for the origin of diversity can be culture .Culture can simply be defined as the way we do things around here .This definition is applicable to the family society and the workplace .Generally culture will arise from three special areas , they being values, attitudes and beliefs .they can be expressed as follows Values: A set of enduring beliefs or ideals shared by the members of a culture about what is good or desirable and what is not .Values can vary from culture to culture and country to country.Attitude: A tendency to respond positively or negatively towards a certain idea, object, person, or situation .These can arise from upbringing, friends and stereotyping. Beliefs: Convictions and theories that something, some positions or approach in life by an individual or group is true and correct. These three elements, when combined create a culture. In a diverse workforce this will be encountered on a regular basis .Therefore from a co-worker and a management perspective sensitivity and acceptance of cultural difference is important. “Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” Malcom Forbes Multiculturalism:It is social situation in which all the different cultural or racial groups in a society have equal rights and opportunities and none is ignored or regarded as unimportant .It was from this situation that diversity in the Australian workforce was formed. Diversity is generally wider in scope and includes age, gender, sexual

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