Diverse Workplace

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Hibakh Khalif

Working as a nurse assistant many of my patients have never meant anyone from my country or even heard of my country itself. Being the only Somali nursing assistant that works at my hospital the majority of the people and my patients’ ask me questions about my nationality. While the majority actually go out of their way to seek knowledge about what I am and where I am originally from, others just look at me with discomfort and as if they have seen a ghost. This has brought to my attention that diversity in the workplace is important for employees because it manifests itself in building a great reputation for the company, leading to increased profitability and opportunities for workers. Workplace diversity is important within the organization as well as outside. Business reputations grow when companies demonstrate their commitment to diversity through aggressive outreach and recruiting efforts. An organization known for its ethics, fair employment practices and appreciation for diverse talent is better able to attract a wider pool of qualified applicants. Other advantages include loyalty from customers who choose to do business only with companies whose business practices are socially responsible. Workplace diversity refers to the variety of differences between people in an organization. It can encompass race, gender, ethnic group, age, personality, background and more. Not only does diversity involve how people perceive themselves, but how they perceive others, which is in turn can affect their interactions in a work environment that is culturally diverse. Communication, adaptability and change are just some of the issues these companies must deal with. Accepting and appreciating the differences among all people and embracing diversity means the individual strengths and weakness of everyone can be understood and factored into the building of work place teams. As I learned in the book, recognizing and appreciating cultural differences is only...
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