The Core Challanges of Managing Diversity in the Wokplace

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 48
  • Published : December 20, 2012
Open Document
Text Preview
THE CORE CHALLANGES OF MANAGING DIVERSITY IN THE WOKPLACE

HR
Management

Business with Finance

4/04/2010

CONTENTS PAGE

Title...............................................................................................................PAGE: 1

Contents.......................................................................................................PAGE: 2

Journal article...............................................................................................PAGE: 3-7

Manager evaluation......................................................................................PAGE: 7-8

Bibliography..................................................................................................PAGE: 9

Evidence of learning appendix.................................................................PAGE: 10-13

INTRODUCTION
The core challenges in of managing diversity in the workplace today. In today’s business focused environments it has become increasingly significant for organisations to use workplace diversity to their strategic advantage and for competitive edge. Diversity in the workplace is a ‘people’ factor that accommodates the differences and similarities which people bring to an organisation. Diversity in the workplace focuses on observable attributes such as race/ethnicity, nationality, age, and gender, as well as underlying attributes such as values, skills, knowledge, and cohort membership (Milliken & Martins, 1996). Geographic location, profession, education, parental status are dimensions which can be explored and interpreted to suggests that they can be influential to the identities and perspectives that people bring in contribution to an organisation. Conceptually, diversity is considered to be inclusive of everyone. In many ways, diversity initiatives complement non-discrimination compliance programs by creating the workplace environment and organizational culture for making differences work. Diversity encompasses the sharing of ideas and differences mutual development from those who are not the same, and about creating workplace environments and cultures that encourage learning from others and capture the advantage of diverse perspectives. The objective of this article is to explore how and why ‘Workplace diversity’ has and is playing such an influential and significant role to our increasing global business markets, and the role managers adopt in order to accommodate the change this bring to their organisations. Finally the role that HR plays through diversity management and leadership, in the creation and empowerment of people through organizational aim and objectives.

In the book, Beyond Race and Gender, R. Roosevelt Thomas defines managing diversity as "a comprehensive managerial process for developing an environment that works for all employees." According to Lee Gardenswartz and Anita Rowe, prinicipals of Gardenswartz & Rowe, a California-based diversity consulting and training team, "A broad definition of diversity ranges from personality and work style to all of the visible dimensions such as race, age, ethnicity or gender, to secondary influences such as religion, socioeconomics and education, to work diversities such as management and union, functional level and classification or proximity/distance to headquarters." Kandola and Fullerton (1994) define Diversity as “the basic concept of managing diversity accepts that the workforce consists of a diverse population of people. The diversity consists of visible and non visible differences which will include sex, age, background, race, disability, personality and work style. It is founded on the premise that harnessing these differences will create a productive environment in which everyone feels valued, where their talents are being fully utilised, and in which organisational goals are being met” CIPD Definition (1993) “the systematic and planned commitment to recruit employees from diverse...
tracking img