Diversity Training And Its Effectiveness

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Diversity may be defined as recognizing and respecting the similarities, differences and unique characteristics an individual employee contributes to the workplace. Diversity training and its effectiveness in the workplace has been met with differing conclusions as to the positive or negative impact this type of training may have on an organization. Today, change in the workplace is inevitable and diversity training in the workplace has become common across the globe. Companies now realize that the need for diversity training has increased tremendously and that if diversity is not valued in the workplace, cost and productivity may be negatively impacted. In 2010, researchers found that minorities made up half of the new employees hired…show more content…
Tools such as the internet and email are good ways to eliminate cultural barriers, improve communication and understanding, and employee knowledge sharing. New approaches to how business is conducted such as virtual employees also contribute to the diversification of the workplace. Diversity training is not only necessary in the U.S., but now includes many countries around the globe. There are generally 2 reasons diversity training in the workplace is necessary; changes in the make-up of the population and globalization. Increases in the immigrant population and minority births have contributed to the increase in cultural diversity in the workplace. According to (Teixeira, 2013) In the 90’s, 58 percent of net workforce growth came from native born Americans who were not children of immigrants (that is, second generation or later Americans). In the 2000’s, that figure dropped to just half its previous level (29 percent). In this decade, projections indicate the figure will erode only slightly to 28 percent, but that will be followed by another sharp drop to just 3 percent in the 2020’s. In that decade, essentially all (97 percent) of workforce growth will come from immigrants and their children (Immigrants and Minorities Are Powering America’s Workforce Growth, para. 3). U.S. and global competition means that companies must compete internationally as well as compete for and retain the best possible
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