The Importance of Workplace Diversity in an Organization

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Running Head: THE IMPORTANCE OF WORK PLACE DIVERSITY IN AN ORGANIZATION The Importance of Workplace Diversity in an Organization Gina Cazeau/MGT 307/Week4/May2009 University of Phoenix/Professor R. Cullivan Abstract This paper will define a team and a group, and the difference between the two. It will also examine the importance of workplace diversity in an organization and how it relates to team dynamics in the workplace. The Importance of Workplace Diversity in an Organization Introduction A lot of organizations have always been puzzled by that fascinating…show more content…
Diversity is many things; a bridge between organizational life and the reality of people’s lives, building corporate capability, the framework for interrelationships between people, a learning exchange, and a strategic lens on the world” (para. 3). The long-term success of any business calls for a diverse body of talent that can bring fresh ideas, perspectives and views to their work. The challenge that diversity poses, therefore, is enabling some managers to capitalize on the mixture of genders, cultural backgrounds, ages and lifestyles to respond to business opportunities more rapidly and creatively. According to Helium” A benefit of a diverse workforce is the ability to tap into the many talents which employees from different backgrounds, perspectives, abilities and disabilities bring to the workplace” (para. 5). An impressive example of this is found at the BMC HealthNet Plan because of different languages necessary to serve their members fairly. Diversity of their workforce helps them reduce cost by not using the language line too often. Their own employees serve as interpreters to provide better customer services to their diverse populations. How Diversity Relates to Team Dynamics in the Workplace According to (Morris, 2005) “Team dynamics encompasses any and all ways that individual affiliates interact with their counterparts en route to the common goal. The overall
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