This will be a paper discussing different diversity perspectives. Each perspective
will be an analyzed about diversity. Each perspective will also explain the implications
of the diversity perspective on human behavior in the workplace environment. Two
perspectives that will be addressed will be fundamental diversity and cultural diversity.
Fundamental Diversity is described as being a type of diversity that consists of people
who often have goals about the importance, purpose, and function of work, as well as the
relationship between the individual employee and the greater organization, and
fundamental beliefs that are different. (Heuberger, 2004). Cultural diversity is based upon
the concept that cultural identities should never be ignored nor discarded, though instead
they should be valued and maintained (Heuberger, 2004).
Cultural diversity is based on the idea that cultural identities should not be
discarded or ignored, but rather maintained and valued (American Multicultural
Publications, 2007). The workplace can be considered an environment where several
different backgrounds join together for one common goal. Cultural diversity can consist
of a difference in national origin, gender, race, and other human aspects. Cultural
diversity is not based solely on culture and other human aspect, but as well as,
generations, education, and personal background. In the author’s current place of
employment, cultural diversity is extremely important. There are several different
backgrounds of individuals in the foster care system and certain families request certain
cultural backgrounds and personalities, in order for them to feel comfortable. Successful
companies can utilize diversity in their work force for a competitive edge over
companies. The implementation of cultural diversity sets the tone for the cliental
environment and does not show prejudice towards clients. Cultural diversity can protect
the company from law suits, loss of business, and loss of good employees. The workplace
must understand that different cultures set the tone for success, as well as failure for
companies. Cultural diversity can also have a disadvantage, in the event that some staff
members do not agree with the inclusion of another cultural opinions, this can create a
hostile work environment for those considered minority employees (Garcia., 2012).
Fundamental Diversity can be described as; diversity consisting of individuals
who often have a different fundamental beliefs and goals about the importance, purpose,
and function of work, as well as the relationship between the individual employee and the
larger organization. When talking about fundamental diversity and implications of it,
each member of an organization needs to be informed of his or her position and place
within the organization, so that every member understands that every position within the
organization is equally important and plays a major role in the day-to-day operations of
the workplace. Therefore, that if one member fails to comply with the rules, or does not
do his or her job it can affect operation of the whole organization. Fundamental diversity
means that no matter an employee’s individual beliefs or culture he or she can
incorporate their own ideas into the organization within their work at some point in time.
In doing this, it makes each organization different from another, as well as makes the
organization run smoother, because if everyone shared the same beliefs and worked the
same way an organization would most likely fail because no work would be done.
Fundamental diversity brings different working aspects into an organization, because...