Diversity Analysis: the Impact of Hispanics in the Workplace

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Diversity Analysis: The impact of Hispanics in the Workplace October 27, 2011

Abstract

Everyone knows that the United States is known has the melting pot which consists of all different nationalities and cultures. According to the Census Bureau, among these different ethnicities the 2010 United States Hispanic population count rose 43%, going up to 50.5 million from 35.3 million in 2000; Hispanics now consist of 16% of the nation’s total population of 308.7 million (Reddy, 2011). In an article by William H. Frey, there are 25 metropolitan areas where Hispanics account for at least 25% of the population this includes Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Miami, and Houston. Diversity Analysis: The impact of Hispanics in the Workplace

INTRODUCTION

Diversity is not prevalent in the organization that I work for; we are a African American owned and operated company with only eight (8) employees. The building I work in houses myself and another lady and we are situated in a low income, underserved African American community in DeLand, Florida. However over the years since I have been located at this location, I have noticed a rise in the number of Hispanic individuals that visit the center. Out of the 5,000 people that we see a year, less than 5% are of Hispanic decent, because of this I will be looking into future endeavors of how we can increase this number and reach the 30,923 Hispanic residents located throughout the county of Volusia. With this increase the company will be able to get a number of grants that are specifically geared towards the Hispanic population, but we first have to show that the Hispanic population utilizes our services, so it would be beneficial for us to have some events that will bring out this crowd. We can focus on National Latino Aids Awareness Day which is always on October 15th; we can have a class to teach people Spanish, promote Hispanic heritage month, and a host of other programs. The main problem we will have to solve is having either an employee or a volunteer that can spend about 4 or 5 hours a day helping the people who only speak Spanish, not only will the word get out that we have someone here that can understand them, but the overall numbers will also increase which will make us look better to the city where our funding comes from. Even if we use an individual with Hispanic decent within our organization, I think it would also be beneficial for the employees within the company to learn Spanish. Just learning the basics can help out a lot when networking and trying to collaborate with other businesses in the area or within the county. I think that the CEO should try to bring in a Hispanic professional to sit on the board of directors; they will be able to give ideas on how to attract and keep them using our facility. There are not a lot of organizations in the small area that we service that look to the Hispanic population, if we can tap into this market there will be nothing but positive feedback. In the County of Volusia there are a number of associations that we can collaborate with to focus on the Hispanic community, such as the Volusia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Volusia County Hispanic Association, and Hispanic Health Initiatives, Inc.

LITERATURE REVIEW

In an article by Mitra Toossi, it states that with higher population growth and increasing participation rates, the share of minorities in the workforce is projected to expand substantially; with the share of white non-Hispanics anticipated to decrease from 73 percent in 2000 to 53 percent in 2050, Hispanics are expected to more than double their share, from 11 percent in 2000 to 24 percent of the labor force in 2050, blacks also are expected to increase their share, from 12 percent in 2000 to 14 percent in 2050, and Asians are projected to increase their share from 5 percent to 11 percent between 2000 and 2050 (Toossi, 2002). With the growth of the Hispanic population...
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