Creating diversity in the work place is a subject that has gained increased attention among many organizations during the last decade. After all, the impact of affirmative action and equal employment opportunity programs on the nation?s work force are undeniable.
Women and minorities were the first to dramatically alter the face of the economic mainstream, while gays, persons with disabilities and senior citizens followed not far behind. There has also been a great influx of immigrants, whose numbers continue to increase along with those who have already gained citizenship. Recent statistical data from the census bureau, indicates that within 25 to 35 years, racial Minorities will become the majority population in this country. This will result in a very diverse American labor force representing a microcosm of our society-yet one that continues to struggle with its identity.
Despite the nation?s increasing heterogeneity, diversity is encountering varying degrees of resistance among different sectors of U.S.
industry but like it or not, diversity is not going to disappear.
It is important to incorporate diversity in the workplace, and to identify various primary levels of dimensions. That is, people with disabilities, gender, race, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and age is primary dimensions of diversity. These basic groups play an important part in work force interrelationship.
My company has a great record of diversity, because it?s practiced and appreciated every day at work. I work with in a very diverse group, which includes women, Hispanics, African Americans, Asians and Haitians. One of our major projects fully utilized the benefits of a diverse team.
During a marketing campaign, we were confronted with how to communicate effectively with people of Haitian cultural and Spanish speaking backgrounds.
Fortunately, we have a Hispanic and Haitian representative on our team. Maria, our Spanish-speaking representative is also bilingual...