Managing Diversity and Conflict
September 18, 2012
Diversity in the workplace increases not only as the result of emigrations, but also as a significant expansion of globalization in the market place. These moves allow companies to identify, recruit, and train professionals from a diverse blend of backgrounds, cultures, and styles.
Peter Senge in “The Fifth Discipline” states that only learning organizations can sustain in a high level in this highly competitive world. Today’s leaders who work in the global business must create and force the need for change. The task is not to eliminate tension associated with this process, but rather minimize its effects. This paper addresses the subject of diversity. The purpose of this paper is to provide an objective reflection of existing conditions at The Fallen Branch Studio where diversity has made significant improvements in the company’s condition.
Diversity Strategy for My Organization
The United States of America is the most diverse country in the world. For this reason, diversity is discussed more here then it is in the Europe. Diversity presents both challenges and opportunities for all organizations to compete for an advantage in the global marketplace. Every company looks at diversity from a different perspective. People usually associate diversity with things that they see on the surface such as age, race, ethnicity, language, religion, or sex. However, diversity also includes beliefs, values, viewpoints and ways of behaving. Diversity is not just about differences, it is also about realizing how people are similar even though they may seem to be behaving in different ways. The key to understanding this is to be aware of biases, recognize where they come from, and do not let them lead to dysfunctional behavior. The essence of diversity is not only acceptance of those elements, but also exploration of these differences in a safe, positive and nurturing environment. We have to have an open mind, be inclusive and accept them with positive attitudes. In the Fallen Branch Studio we take diversity seriously. By Diversity we mean the recognition and appreciation of multiple backgrounds, cultures and perspectives within our organization. We successful created place where people want to work, where people are promoted on their merits not on their nationality, where we value and demand respect for others, and where opportunities to grow are widely available. The Fallen Branch Studio top management expects its all employees and managers alike to respect each other. We have built on these differences cross-cultural teams that generate new ideas and creative solutions for our demanding clients. Moreover, we believe that diversity is one of our most potent competitive advantages which enable us to succeed in highly competitive marketplace. One area where the Fallen Branch has seems to have been particularly successful is in managing the careers of women. We have launched initiative program which focus on developing talented women. For example, the Fallen Branch Studio offers talented women with a minimum of five years’ work experience financial aid to get university degree. The other program offers women with a long career break an opportunities to reentering the workforce. Even though women remain a disadvantaged group in many organizations the Fallen Branch Studio understands that this group is very important, and presents a lot of unique skills. Another area where diversity can be found is workload. Over the past year the Fallen Branch Studio hired 6 young people. Older people who are well rounded, experienced almost experts have received young helpers. This is something that has never happened before. Every organization is looking for educated people with several years of experience, but the Fallen Branch Studios understands that young people are our future, and we try to create a friendly environment for...