Diversity Management

1730 Words Apr 17th, 2006 7 Pages
Introduction
Workplace diversity practices refer to efforts organizations engage in to provide an inclusive corporate culture that values differences and promotes opportunities for all employees.

Traditionally, diversity programs have focused mostly on race and gender and other physical dimensions. However, today¡¦s definition of diversity covers a broad spectrum of individual and group differences ranging from work styles and generational perspectives to political and religious preferences. The illustration below represents how diversity can be understood from a corporate/business point of view: Under the umbrella of diversity practices, organizations are employing methods of understanding and relationship-building that encourage
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Disregarding these economic, demographic, and legislative trends can be devastating to companies, their employees, and the communities surrounding them. Companies unable or unwilling to change their policies and practices may suffer dire consequences. They may experience inter-group conflicts among their employees; they may limit their access to the pool of potentially talented employees; they may miss opportunities for creating alliances with business organizations; and they may be vulnerable to expensive lawsuits or government sanctions resulting in serious damage to their earnings, their public image, and their access to investment.

In addition to the increasing policies and trends that relate to diversity, internal problems among employees are also often the cause of low productivity. Problems such as frustration about staff speaking other languages on the job, miscommunication due to limited or heavily accented English speaking employees, ethnic or racial slurs and jokes, and little social interaction between members of different groups can substantially limit performance. If a group of people working together don¡¦t get along, the quality of their output suffers. Organizations may also face charges of discrimination in promotions, pay and performance reviews by employees. Managers may be seen as favoring a particular group of employees over another. Such problems are guaranteed to affect an organizations productivity and
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