Racial And Ethnic Group Interactions

949 Words Dec 7th, 2014 4 Pages
Racial and ethnic group interactions occur daily in the world; in Miami, however one can learn from the interactions between different ethnic and racial groups in a workplace setting. Mr. Elman adapted his management style of his apparel factory to the needs of his immigrant workers; his style helped reduce ethnic friction and returned his investment in high production levels and loyalty (Stepick, 92). Mr. Elman was successful in getting his employees to willingly agree to pay a cut, which exemplifies how much clout Mr. Elman had amongst his workers (Stepick, 93). The previous success that the factory had under his management would likely not be found again under the “American” management style, partly because the workers were used to Mr. Elman. Also after more Haitian workers were hired, the Miami Cubans seemed to create a notion of seniority when decisions had to be made, but instead of the senior member not working they would opt to work, leaving the new Haitian workers without work (Stepick, 103). Mr. Elman eventually sold his apparel factory and new more American managers moved in, these managerial practices took away the things that lead to a positive work environment and high productivity: personal fans, individual radios, and hot plates (Stepick, 93). The new American managers admitted their defeat, at least they learned to adapt to a more Latino based workforce as per one of the plant managers (Stepick, 94). While I understand the new American management style,…
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