Workplace Diversity Paper

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Workplace Diversity Paper


The workplace changed while we weren't looking. No longer is it dominated by white middle class men. With changes, increased minorities numbers and the movement of women in the workplace, companies need to address issues of diversity in the workplace. The field of diversity has gone beyond even culture and gender but also recognizes that different styles and approaches can be useful to have in any workplace. "In an ideal world, every person is treated equally when it comes to getting a job, advancing in their career, and being treated fairly in the workplace. In reality, we know this is not the case. Racial discrimination does still exist in hiring, firing, and promotions" (Ethnic Majority).

Diversity Communication Barriers in the Workplace

Companies can recruit and hire employees to create a diverse work force. Managers can build teams with diversity in mind. However, organizations can't thrive on diversity if employees don't know how to communicate with one another.

Some studies suggest that we spend more time communicating in the workplace than doing other things. Every time you speak, people formulate opinions of you and judge you by what you say. Say the wrong things, and people will form bad judgments and opinions of you. Say the right things, and people will respect you, admire you, and windows of opportunity will swing open up for you. Effective teams in the workplace are created and perform to due an effective means of communication and the ability to put personal preferences aside to work on a common goal.

Race and Ethnic Origin

Diversity in the workplace ensures that all members of the workforce are working towards the common goal and mission of the organization. In a diverse workforce race and ethnic origin are an after thought. "our society is diverse...