I am very happy witht the progress that Vicky has made in her job so far. She has been with the Bureau about 8 months and she has become invaluable to us. She understands the division and bureau vision and direction. She is a real team player who actively participates in bureau meetings and activities such as coming up with a vision and mission statement for the PPI bureau.
Workplace diversity refers to the variety of differences between people in an organisation. Diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It is an understanding that each individual is unique, and a recognition of our individual differences. These differences can include ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical abilities, family status, religious beliefs, perspective, experience, or other ideologies.
Today’s society emphasizes the need of equal opportunities; everyone should have equal chances despite their race, gender, or other characteristics. However, there are still many barriers and biases, often unconscious, which do not let to embrace the potential of everyone. Even though Civil Right Era made a good improvement, because of the long years of legal racism and sexism, ethnic minority members and women are still disadvantaged by the system. It is obvious that something should be done about it and one of the ways to reduce inequality is affirmative action.
The workforce in America today is enhanced with a significant mix of genders, race, religion, age and other background factors. For a business to be successful long term demands for a diverse range of talent that can bring perspective, fresh ideas and opinions to their work. The challenge of diversity is allowing managers to make the most out of different cultural backgrounds, lifestyles, plus different genders and ages to answer to different business opportunities more creatively and promptly. Diversity has changed in a way that the issue is no longer just male or female and black and white. It is greatly complex now. It is many things but it is greatly about the way we connect, emphasize and interact with different individuals. The advantages
Diversity must be created and maintained with in organizations. The purpose of this paper is to examine the impacts of diversity onto an organization in addition to explaining the legally mandated and stakeholder driven explanations for mandatory diversity.
What is diversity and what does it entail? Luther College defines diversity as “complex differences and similarities in perspectives, identities, and points of view among members of an institution as well as among individuals who make up the wider community.” Diversity has been a hot topic in today’s news and social networking arenas with the ever-changing race relations that are prevalent in our country and around the world. The changes in perception towards minorities and women hasn’t just affected these groups socially, but has brought forth different questions about the benefits that a truly diverse would place would have on companies. What this work will attempt to do is elaborate on the treatment of
While there were many quotes from The Prince that I thought about using, this is the one that stuck with me the most. “And it ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things, because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new” (Machiavelli 1532, Pg.42). The reason this quote stuck with me so much is because it can be applied in two scenarios, the first being when you are a newcomer to something and second is having to come in and take over, no matter what that may be and it may require some changes.
- I’m a life-long-learner; I’m always learning how to make anything I do better: it could have been my experience in student teaching, my volunteering with the Park Service in Morristown, or my substitute teacher experience. I try to work closely with my colleagues of a daily basis to improve upon our skills and our interactions with others. I try to make sure that all visitors and students are respected and get the support and help that they need. For example, I have been informed many times that I make the experience of volunteering with the Park Service such a enjoyable experience that many people want to give back to the Park Service and volunteer themselves.
I find it interesting that diversity is such an issue in technology companies. According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, the estimated size of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is expected to increase by 18% in the next ten years, (non-STEM increasing by 12%), reaching to 8.7 million by 2018 alone. Forbes hypothesizes that if current hiring trends continue, STEM jobs will be "largely unavailable" to women and minorities, who combine to make up over half of the U.S. population (Newlands, 2016).
God has challenged me to include the excluded by watching and help take care of my disabled nephew for many years Danny was deaf and had many health issues and I was his caregiver while his parents worked. In addition, people use to pick on him in school, on the bus, and in the neighborhood, however, my children were taught to stick up for Danny and because of that the kids starting including him instead of excluding him in activities.
Different people see diversity from different perspective. Its concept is based on acceptance and respect. It means understanding the fact that every individual is special, and acknowledging the differences between people. These difference may be attributed to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious believes, political believes, or other philosophy. Diversity encompasses the analysis of these differences in a very safe, positive and supportive environment. The understanding between every individual should be looked beyond tolerating one another, it should be built on supporting and celebrating the immeasurable features of diversity that is found within everyone. 
The benefits of diverse workforce are immense. Since the primary purposes of an organisation are to survive and develop so that it continue to provide the best possible service for its public or provide the highest return to its shareholders, in order to achieve this, the organisation needs a knowledgeable and competent workforce. It is a huge advantage if organisation has access to a diverse workforce as this means they have access to a wide range of people with a variety of views, abilities and outlooks – all of which can enhance the business. This people
Workplace diversity is when there is diverse culture of individuals in the workplace. It is when there is a value placed on the variety of ideas, race, ethnicities, religion, gender, sexuality and orientation, which is flourishing in an environment. Depending on your employer and workplace, workplace diversity can vary based off several different factors. Usually, there is a preferential standpoint taken on the matter and it can be either display a high or a low context culture of diversity. According to Mason (2013) Workforce diversity has been described as “a double-edged sword; it has the potential for positive and negative outcomes” (p.659). Workplace diversity is important in a business setting because it carries forward a combination of different types of people to work together in unity, encourages uniqueness, innovative, creative approaches, and supports interesting divergent ideas to accomplish tasks or goals.
In many professions job performance is an outcome of a job. This could be how one employee performs within an organisation or how they perform as part of a team. In any organisation with a diverse workforce teams will contain people with diverse backgrounds. In many cases co-workers bring unique experiences and perceptions to a group. On an individual level it gives employees greater exposure to new ideas and cultures that can be a source of personal development (Shen, Chanda, D’Netto, & Monga, 2009). Effective diversity management also leads to improved levels of innovation and creativity within an organisation. The more diverse an organisation is the more innovative it can be. If an organisation is not diverse then Page (2007) argues that people who think alike, no matter how smart they are will get stuck at the same solution. Finding new innovative solutions requires a different perspective and this is what diversity provides for an organisation. The biggest problem is that diversity needs to be managed effectively.
Workplace diversity has become an increasingly important component of human resource management with organizations implementing programs to address (Bond & Haynes, 2014, p. 183). One strategy to address is the development of a workforce diversity management program. While there are several strategies to consider in the implementation of such a program, one strategy is to ensure the program is founded on an organizational culture of shared values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that support diversity and inclusiveness. Gotsis & Grimani (2016) suggest leadership styles and principles help shape inclusive climates that value, affirm, and support workplace diversity (p. 242). As such, development of a comprehensive diversity program should be a strategic priority that moves beyond policies and framed on the culture of an organization.