The Importance of Cultural Diversity Within Organizations Essay

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When discussion is raised in relation to diversity, society talks about the group who possess individual qualities that are diverse from other individual’s traits. Diversity is the uniqueness, which every employee brings to the workplace in an organization or establishment. Examples of differences include nationality, belief, disabilities, physical appearance, race, gender, age, educational background, sexual orientation, and work experience, social and family status. At the workplace, valuing diversity means creating a work environment that respects and includes various individuals, by maximizing the potential of all employees or in which every employee feels integrated within the organization. Cultural diversity means acknowledging that …show more content…
37). An organization structured like this would be considered homogenous, where the entire workforce would all have similar traits, values, and beliefs. A positive element with a monolithic structure would be the conflict within the organization would be minimized due to the singular cultures within the organization. Monolithic structure does not benefit the workplace other than lack of conflict; it does not increase the possible innovation and creativity that multiple cultures could provide. Plenty of organizations have moved away from the monolithic structure into the second type of structure – a plural organization. A plural organization will give further consideration into hiring minorities, instead of continuing with the organizations ‘norms’ of hiring the majority. "The plural organization has a more heterogeneous membership than the monolithic organization and takes steps to be more inclusive of persons from cultural backgrounds that differ from the dominant group”(Cox, 1991, p. 38). Being more heterogeneous, the organization is integrating other cultures, which helps reduce discrimination and prejudice. Although the plural structure achieves a better result of integrating minority ethnicities within the organization, it continues to have a similar characteristic as monolithic. Acculturation is defined as “of individuals having
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