Essay On Biographical Characteristics

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To understand how culture affects our understanding of biographical characteristics, we first have to understand what biographical characteristics are. Biographical characteristics are personal characteristics that include age, gender, race, disability, and length of tenure (Robbins & Judge, 2015). These characteristics are considered surface level characteristics and are easily obtained from personnel records (Robbins & Judge, 2015). These biographical characteristics can be a cause of discrimination just by looking at them. Looking at each one of these characteristics shows how culture affects the understanding of biographical characteristics and abilities (The Future, 1991). Age is one of the biographical characteristics that is looked…show more content…
When looking at the manager position, more than just technical skills are needed to be successful. In the manager position good communication skills are also extremely important (Robbins & Judge, 2015). According to the video in the year 2000 many workers will have limited verbal and writing skills causing them to no be successful in the workplace (The Future, 1991). A way to improve the education level is to encourage women and minorities to pursue math and science skills (The Future, 1991). What is working is education organizations collaborating with employers, churches and other organizations to offer classes that help prepare students to be successful in the business world (The Future,…show more content…
Surface level diversity is what most demographics reflect and defined differences in easily perceived characteristics (Robbin & Judge. 2015). While deep-level diversity is defined as differences in values, personality, and work preferences that become progressively more important for determining similarity as people get to know each other (Robbin & Judge, 2015). A good example of deep-level diversity is two new employees starting work at a new job that may have judged each other when they first saw each other, but end up learning more about each other through further conversations at work. This diversity in the workplace allows two different people to learn about each other along with their beliefs and
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