Buliding Cultural Competence for Employees

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With the current change in demographics throughout the workforce, organizations are feeling the effects of a larger percentage of baby boomers retiring and a large percentage of millennial new entrants. The words used to describe millennial employees, “spoiled, trophy kids, ambitious”, seem to be as everlasting as the constructive and negative perspectives attached to them. Many can debate on the entitlement of these employees within an organization, how these employees can be groomed and managed to better fit the organization, the positive and negative attributes they bring into the workplace, and how the preceding can benefit or derail the effectiveness of an organization. Nonetheless, a harder debate, comes about in denying that organizations must adjust to and integrate these employees into the workforce.
Diversity is a changing constant that is brought about by “race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, disabilities, culture and cultural characteristics”. The recent issues between older and millennial employees throughout the department are due to these changing constants accompanied with changes in “global labor demographics”. Although focus can be placed on arising issues between older employees and millennial employees, a greater efforts should be placed on achieving cultural competency. Building a foundation for cultural competency for employees within the department will not only benefit the employee but also benefit the individuals we serve. Formulation of this foundation will transition if not help guide other departments within the organization as similar issues arise.
In order for our organization to address arising issues with our employees, these issues must be addressed ...

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...anding as they arise. These training will be administered online and must be applied to all individuals with the department. Some individuals may not have the ability or be familiar with the use of computers in which the human resource department must accommodate accordingly in assuring that they complete the training. Six months after the initial training human resources must survey employees on their perceived outcome of the initiative.
As stated before this initiative must be continued in order to benefit current employees and future employees. This translates into current and future success of the organization if the initiative is administered correctly. The development of a cultural competence foundation for managers and their millennial employees must be built on. The desired end result is attaining cultural competence throughout the entire organization.

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