Diversity and Inclusion

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Diversity is a notion, when applied to the majority of circumstances, can create a positive conclusion. The trick to producing a positive outcome is often how the different aspects are brought together. Consider a classic dinner combination peas and carrots, the two colors look appealing and the two flavors comes together as one making a superb side dish. Now consider oil and water, these two substance are not often considered a good combination. Although, this is not always the case; olive oil and vinegar (which is water based) when mixed, come together into a delectable salad dressing. Diversity and inclusion should also apply to humans by bringing people together who are different it can creates a whole that is enhanced by the uniqueness of each individual.

What are the dimensions of cultural diversity?

In this week’s readings the subject of dimensions of cultural diversity were covered comprehensively in both books. Understanding and Managing Diversity presented a nicely laid out illustration:

Primary Dimensions Secondary Dimensions

Age Geographic Location

Gender Military & Work Experience

Mental/Physical Abilities Family Status

Race Income, Religion

Ethnic Heritage First Language, Education

Sexual Orientation Organizational Role & Level

Communication & Work Styles

(Harvey, C. P., & Allard, M. J. 2009, p. 47).

Additionally the text book Understanding and Managing Diversity also highlighted that we have to consider the multiple dimensions of diversity:

The components of a diversity mixture can be people, concepts, concrete items, or abstractions. If you are reflecting on the many ways your employees can vary (by race, gender, age, education, sexual orientation, geo...

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... data is accessed using graphical user interface or WebPages using a PC. Numerous other characteristics have changed. The ranks of management have changed from primarily white male, to a more diverse mix of race and gender. Management tactics have also altered. Gone are the days of a manager yelling and throwing a chair against a wall during a meeting. Management styles have moved to a more composed approach, one which works to enlist the employees support, rather than scare employees in to achievement.


In this changing world, one that is seeing companies taking advantage of the global economy, words such as diversity and inclusion need to be treated as more than just buzz-words. The principals that embrace diversity and allow for inclusion are critical if an organization is going to succeed in the business world of today and of tomorrow.

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