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Business Management | What is diversity? |

Sholunda Cruz
Business Management
5/20/2011

Diversity is becoming an increasingly important factor in not only organizational life but organizations world-wide as well. As organizations are taking that leap into globalization there becomes a need to know about different cultures and how they function. Globalization has become a prominent factor in many companies. In order for companies to be able to compete they need to have a multicultural variety of employees. What is diversity? "Diversity refers to human qualities that are different from our own and those of groups to which we belong; but that are manifested in other individuals and groups. Dimensions of diversity include but are not limited to: age, ethnicity, gender, physical abilities/qualities, race, sexual orientation, educational background, geographic location, income, marital status, military experience, parental status, religious beliefs, work experience, and job classification." Day to day these dimensions of diversity affect our lives whether we are at work, school, or even church. Diversity for many is not an actual asset it is a liability. In this day and age diversity in corporations is a necessity in order for them to grow and continue to grow.
` Managing diversity can be a difficult thing to achieve, being that in order for you to manage these people from different cultures and norms you will have to understand their views that may be very different from your own. The challenges that managers may face are: staff speaking different languages; Resistance to working with members of other ethnic, racial or cultural groups; discriminatory remarks due to differences in accents, ethnics, or races; prejudice in promotion, rewards and compensation, performance appraisal as a result of differences in background or races. In order for a manager to be able to manage they have to be oblivious to the differences in their cultures and treat all of the

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