Diversity in the Workplace
Western International University
Political, Legal & Ethical Issues in Business
Workplace diversity has taken on a new face. Today, workplace diversity is no longer just about anti-discrimination compliance. Diversity in the workplace is not buzzwords for affirmative action or equal employment opportunity. Diversity represents a company 's fundamental attitude that it not only respects and values the individuality of its employees but also understands how to tap the potentially significant contributions inherent in diversity.
The workplace is made up of people from various backgrounds, cultures, sexual orientations, abilities, etc. To be successful, …show more content…
A number of years back, a federal government commission examined the effects of the glass ceiling by studying the nation 's largest companies. It found that top management positions comprised 95% males and 97% whites. While some of this imbalance has likely improved in the years since, it remains today almost always big news when a woman or a racial minority becomes CEO of a large corporation. Conditions in the government sector are not so different.
Although more women and members of at least some minority groups hold leadership roles in government, there are far fewer than would be available in the labor force, and the under-representation remains pretty pronounced.
One noted cause of such disparities in management has been traced back to the hiring processes, and to the existing managers who enact them. Although it is sadly more present than I would have hoped for at this point in our history, outright executive prejudice -- not wanting to allow minorities and women in authority -- is probably rare. However, entrenched stereotypes and biases natural to us all are more pernicious and less conscious than overt prejudice. Their impact is far more powerful in creating the glass ceiling …show more content…
Diversity programs look more carefully at how they train people and what they train them in, and assure that this training is effective and meaningful in a measurable way. Training programs focus on behavior skills and empathy for example, not on valuing diversity or making you think you’re experiencing an inclusion breakthrough. Training is also being conducted using trainers from diverse backgrounds.
For instance, the company I work for, Air Products and Chemicals Inc. (APCI), is an international corporation with operations in over 30 countries, and nearly 20,000 employees around the globe. In Feb. 2005 we went through a 2 day Diversity Training Program which was taught by persons not only of dissimilar ethnicities and cultures but they came from different organizations within the company. Due to the number of employees, the training was broken into two sessions. The attendees of each session consisted of a diverse number of managers, supervisors and production staff.
Diversity training at APCI
Air Products defines diversity as; “All the ways in which we are different that makes