Managing Diversity in the Workplace

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Managing diversity and demographical changes in the workplace presents many dilemmas. Confronted with constant change, management, business educators, and organizational consultants continue to meet the challenges of a new and diverse workforce in a number of ways. Diversity can be defined in numerous ways. Diversity includes all the ways in which people differ, and it encompasses all the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another. It is all inclusive and recognizes every individual and every group as part of the diversity that should be valued. A broad definition includes not only race, gender, ethnicity, age, national origin, religion and disability, but may include sexual orientation, values, personality, education, language, physical appearance, marital status, socioeconomic status, religion and so forth.

All these characteristics can impact an individual’s attitude and behavior toward people that evolves around him and toward the general public on a daily basis. In this paper, we will examine how ethnicity, differences in skills/abilities, occupation and personality traits impact the behavior of people in society and/or how it can impact my own behavior as well.

Many people have a very shallow view of racial and ethnic diversity. They see it as simply the belief that one race is superior to another. It is much more than that. It is a fundamental (and fundamentally wrong) view of human nature. Racism is the notion that one's race determines one's identity. It is the belief that one's convictions, values, ideology, and character are determined not by the judgment of one's mind but by one's anatomy or "blood." This view causes people to be condemned or praised based on their racial membership. In turn, it leads them to condemn or praise others on the same basis. In fact, one can gain an authentic sense of pride only from one's own achievements, not from inherited genetic characteristics. The spread of racism requires the destruction of an individual's confidence in his own mind. Such an individual then enthusiastically seeks a sense of identity by clinging to some group, abandoning his authentic sense of his own ethnicity.

I, on the other hand, have much respect for the multi-ethnic groups among our society. I was born and raised as a Jewish Orthodox and am now more of a mix between a Conservative and a Modern Ort...

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...sonality traits consist of procrastination, thriving under heavy pressure, companionable and talkative. Knowing how I master in thriving while under stress, I tend to procrastinate to the end knowing that I will produce the best results which leads me to continue this bad habit of prolonging. My love for socialization leads me to behave in the friendliest way in order for others to enjoy my companionship. If my behavior was the other way around, people would definitely avoid me. I need to be considerate of my choices for harmonious words in order to keep people around.

With all that said, we can see how various diversity and demographic characteristics has an effect on how we behave on a daily basis, unequivocally or unfavorably. Since diversity encompasses of the various characteristics of an individual to differ from others in its own uniqueness, different behaviors are formed accordingly to make an individual a person of his own diversity. By seeing how various diversity characteristics of mine affected the way I behave, managing them effectively is vital in order to lead a successful and happy life both in the professional and personal aspects to avoid any possible dilemmas.

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