CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE
Valerie F. Wall
Cultural Diversity in the Professions
Fall 2011 Session
The global community is a reflection of the work environment. The varied cultures of our existence create a mixing bowl filled with not only our differences but similarities. This mixing bowl integrates daily living and work scenarios. The work environment can embrace the diversities and grow from the richness of the diversity or it can splinter and divide. The division can create opposing factions and intentional or unintentional discrimination. Diversity not only involves how people perceive themselves, but how they perceive others and how those perceptions affect others.
Greene (2004) states “there can be many benefits of workplace diversity. There is increased adaptability.” Individuals bring talent and experience. They can suggest flexible alternatives in the business market. There is a broader range of service, variety of viewpoints and a more effective execution of duties resulting in increased productivity of its employees. There are also challenges. There are communication language barriers and resistance to change. No only are there multicultural differences but differences of religion, disabilities, and ethnicity. All must incorporate to create and environment where all people fee safe and are fee to contribute their best.
As a challenge to difference in physical difference, the left-handed exercise focused on a morning using the non-dominant hand. Lefties make up about 10% of our population. Left-handed are unintentionally left out of our right-handed world in work and home life. If one hand is left out of the equation life becomes significantly harder. The simple acts such as getting dressed, tying shoes, cooking, cleaning, and helping with children’s homework become thought