Cultural Diversity in the Workplace Essay

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The workforce of America is more diverse than it has ever been. White male upper class men no longer solely dominate companies. Women, people of color, and other minority groups are now rising in the ranks and demanding change. How can one know all the ways to manage such a diverse group of employees? Through a variety of ideas, experiments, and attempts, leaders across the nation are looking for solutions to this answer. Not only are people coming from different ethnicities, we are also experiencing a great influx of workers from nations all across the globe. To keep the level of job satisfaction high, workers must be able to feel comfortable in their workplace environment. It is almost impossible for a person to know everything…show more content…
There are many definitions for managing diversity. Perspective change as research continues. In Dobbs’ journal, Palmer posits three paradigms for defining diversity: 1. The Golden Rule, 2. Right the Wrongs, and 3. Value all differences. In the golden rule paradigm diversity is a matter of individual responsibility and morality. Diversity also means establishing justice for the target groups who were systematically disadvantaged in the past. Finally, diversity means ‘to value the differences’. (Dobbs, p. 161) At the National Institutes of Health (NIH) diversity is an all-inclusive term that extends beyond race and gender. Diversity, according to the NIH, incorporates workers in many different pay classifications and personnel systems. It includes age, geographic considerations, personality, tenure issues, and a myriad of other personal and organizational characteristics that may be different or similar in nature. (http://www1.od.nih.gov/ohrm/oeo/wdi/wdi1.htm)

White, upper class males no longer solely dominate companies although many organizations still operate from that field of thought. Women, people of color, and other minority groups are now rising in the ranks and demanding change. According to the 1987 Hudson Institute Study, Workforce 2000, it is estimated that approximately 85 percent of the new workforce will be women, minorities, and immigrants. (Wilson,
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