Managing Diversity in the Workplace Essay

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Diversity in the workplace is a subject that has gained increased attention over recent years. After all, the impact of affirmative action and equal employment opportunity programs on the nation's work force is undeniable. Women and minorities were the first to dramatically alter the face of the economic mainstream, while gays, persons with disabilities and senior citizens followed not far behind. The result is a diverse American labor force representing a microcosm of our society - yet one that continues to struggle with its identity. Continuing to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the workforce poses one of the most challenging human resource and organizational issues of our time; however, this paper will show that overcoming…show more content…
Other countries around the world each have their own experience with and approach to ideas about how people differ, depending upon their historical and linguistic heritages. (Gundling 2007) The globalization of business and the demographic trends of many nations of the world are creating markets and workforces that are increasingly culturally diverse. For example, it is estimated that in the next decade more than 40 percent of all net additions to the workforce in the United States will be ethnic minorities, including many immigrants from Asian and Latin American countries. Further, organizations based in many other countries of the world, including Canada, Italy, the Pacific Islands, Germany and Japan, are struggling with issues related to the increased presence of ethnic minorities or of women in management ranks. (Cox 1997) In 50 of America's 200 cities with populations over 100,000, the so-called minority is the majority. (Hubbard 2004) According to the U.S. Census Bureau projections, by the year 2050, non-whites will represent close to half of the U.S. population. Over 600,000 people per year legally (about 1 million total) continue to flow into the U.S. population, and the birthrates of immigrants are higher than for the native-born population. (Condrey 2005) Immigration patterns have shifted, too. For much of the last century, the preponderance of immigrants came from Europe. Today,
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