Diversity in the Workplace
Robert W. Cabino
Diversity is important in the workplace because a diverse population has different ethnic backgrounds, experiences, knowledge and cultural understanding. The Navy's Diversity and Inclusion's Mission statement is "Attract, develop, and retain a high-quality, diverse workforce that values a culture of inclusion". With a Diverse work environment, the Navy is able to solve problems and implement a new variety of ideas because there are more people able to come up with different ideas and solutions. The Navy takes Corporate ideas and implements them into the military workplace.
Regardless of sexual orientation, gender, race, or age, all organizations need to hire, retain, and develop a diverse workforce that provides a deeper pool of talent and unique perspectives that help the organization identity and meet the needs of a diverse customer base (McGraw-Hill 2012, p.46). Organizations are now recognizing the need and importance of investing in diversity as part of their overall mission. Diversity is crucial in this day's global marketplace as companies interact with different ethnic cultures and clients. The results of having a diverse workplace are increased creativity, increased productivity improved moral, new language skills, global understanding, new processes, new solutions to difficult problems and improved employee recruitment and retention.
There are many challenges around building a diverse environment. One of those challenges are the geographic couture of employees, placing them in a different couture environment based on their diversity profile. For example, if you have a potential employee who is male, over 50, from a racial upbringing, and an atheist but he if fully qualified and has more experience than all the other potential employees you have interviewed. Would you incorporate this individual into your diverse workplace, even if he is fully qualified for...
References: Kreitner, R., & Kinicki, A. (2013). Organizational Behavior (B. Gordon, Ed., 10th). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
Navy Diversity and Inclusion. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers- npc/support/diversity/Pages/default2.aspx
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