Diversity

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Workplace diversity refers to the variety of differences between people in an organization. Diversity encompasses race, gender, age, sexual orientation, and other differentiators. To have employees from a vast assortment of backgrounds function effectively in an organization, managers need to deal effectively with issues such as communication, adaptability, and change. Successful management of that diversity is intended to leverage the strengths of the diversities against the differences of the individuals to maximize their contributions and promote the overall success of the company. Today, as always the world is evolving resulting in important demographic changes to come. The population will continue to diversify resulting in a skew of the workforce in areas of age, ethnicity particularly in regards to immigration, and gender.1 To be effective, managers have to be aware of the shifts and be prepared to make new implementations to accommodate their company and employees. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor the workforce is rapidly aging, in other words, age diversity at work will grow in the future.2 Managing teams with different age groups can be difficult because there is often the development of a “generation gap.” When managing groups of people from different generations they often have a difference of opinion in expectations and definitions of work within a department. This can often give rise to feelings of injustice or inequality within the organization.3 When dealing with older versus the younger employee managers must often take into account a difference in learning style. Technology today, which may have a recent graduate feeling very comfortable will impart tremendous consternation upon an older employee w... ... middle of paper ... ...longer have individual differences but a common ground to build a future structure on. By “Cross Cultural Managing” we can take people or organizations with different views and band together to increase the effectiveness of our cause, discussion, or objective. Background Sources: United States Department of Labor. (2006) Futurework: Trends and challenges for work in the 21st century. Retrieved from http://www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/history/herman/reports/ futurework/conference/trends/trendsl.htm 1,2,6 Bauer, T. & Erdogan, B. (2013). Managing Demographic and Cultural Diversity. Retrieved from http://catalog.flatworldknowledge.com/bookhub/reader/3?e=bauer-ch02_s01#bauer-ch02_s01 3,4,5 Adler, N. (2008). Creating Cultural Synergy. J. Calhoun, & M. Acuna, International dimensions of organizational behavior (pp. 99-122). Mason, OH: Cengage Learning. 7

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