Impact of Stigma of HIV-AIDS in the South African Workplace

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Question 1: Introduction (objectives & problem): The topic of this research study is “Impact of Stigma of HIV/AIDS in the South African workplace.” This falls under a discipline of business management in the financial management degree I am currently doing and one of the key areas of focus within business management is workplace challenges. I believe that HIV/AIDS stigmas are challenges regularly faced in the South African work environment. The purpose of this research review is to gain insight and deeper understanding of what workplace stigma towards HIV/AIDS is in the workplace from a South African company perspective with specific reference to how it can affect the workplace. In the South African politics whose history is filled with social discrimination, racism and discriminated beliefs, “A stigma is a deeply discrediting attribute that reduces a person to someone who is in some way tainted and can thus be ridiculed”. - (molefe, 2009) The research problem faced with is that HIV/AIDS stigmas within the South African workplace play a very important role in how individuals from different cultural, religious and social backgrounds interact and work together in an organisation. Often stigmas regarding HIV/AIDS infected employees plays a negative role in interaction between colleagues and employees and thus this will affect the organisations cohesiveness. Solving and or preventing stigma regarding HIV/AIDS amongst co-workers will be of great importance to the business. The objective of the proposed review/study is to assess the perceptions of employees towards HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination including their attitude and behaviour towards fellow colleagues assumed to be HIV positive. Creating possible solutions or processes to... ... middle of paper ... ... 2009. Unisa.ac.za. [Online] Available at: http://uir.unisa.ac.za/bitstream/handle/10500/3765/dissertation%20_magwaza_b.pdf?sequence=1 [Accessed 1 MAY 2014]. Mazorodze, T., 2011. National ETD Portal. [Online] Available at: http://eprints.ru.ac.za/4325/1/MAZORODZE-MPsych-TR12-232.pdf [Accessed 1 MAY 2014]. molefe, 2009. Situational Analysis of Stigma Associated with HIV/AIDS: A Pilot project, stellenbosch capetown: unpublished. Oxford Dictionaries.com, 2014. Oxford Dictionaries. [Online] Available at: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/discrimination [Accessed 1 may 2014]. Padayachy, F., 2011. SUN SCHOLAR RESEARCH REPOSITORY. [Online] Available at: http://scholar.sun.ac.za/handle/10019.1/17982 [Accessed 1 MAY 2014]. WEB MD.com, 2014. WEB MD.com. [Online] Available at: http://www.webmd.com/hiv-aids/guide/sexual-health-aids [Accessed 1 May 2014].

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