The Impact Of Workplace Diversity On The Workplace

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Workplace diversity is a term which describes the inclusion of people in the workplace regardless of their cultural differences such as gender, race and sexuality. Rather than disregarding them, diverse workplaces utilise these differences to widen the range of experiences and skills among their employees as stated by the Australian Breastfeeding Association (2012). Some professions, however, are more diverse than others. According to the Diversity & Inclusion: Unlocking Global Potential - Global Diversity Rankings by Country, Sector and Occupation report (Insights Forbes 2012, 5), the most diverse professions include health, hotels and catering, and education whereas construction, utilities and mining are ranked as the lowest. Engineering is also in this low category, especially with respect to women and Indigenous people. It is stated in the The Engineering Profession: A Statistical Overview report (Engineers Australia 2015, 9) that only 11.8% of the engineering profession is made up of women and, conversely, it is found that health care, education and retail trade are female-dominated industries (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2012). The Indigenous Australians are also underrepresented in engineering with only 0.27% of engineers being of Indigenous descent (ABS 2016). The majority of employed Indigenous Australians are in the industries of health, public administration and education (ABS 2016). From these statistics it is evident that both women and Indigenous people
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