Topics: Discrimination, Employment, Affirmative action Pages: 6 (3406 words) Published: November 2, 2014

Equality in the UK is about fostering and promoting rights- to be different, to be free from discrimination, to have choice and dignity and to be valued as individuals with their own set of beliefs and values. Diversity means a variety, contrast, difference or mixture. It is the range of differences in our world – the different races, cultures, beliefs, languages, abilities etc. Why a diverse workplace is important

An organisation with a diverse workforce can offer a wide range of resources, skills, ideas and energy to a business, providing a competitive edge. Organisations who embrace diversity will reap the benefits of employing staff from a wider pool of talent by being able to improve productivity and raise their profile in the community. ‘Diversity management’ (actively encouraging a diverse workforce) and promoting ‘equality of opportunity’ (fostering a culture where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential) can benefit an organisation in a number of ways, such as: Improving opportunities within the organisation through internal promotion Utilising the knowledge of different areas of the community Understanding market segments and consumer behaviour

Becoming an employer of choice
Having a more representative ‘balanced’ workforce
Valuing and respecting employees, attracting recruiting and retaining a wider talent pool Diversity can deliver other positive outcomes and benefits, such as: Improved retentions and progression of employees

As an inclusive, vibrant, nurturing environment for work
Staff having a better appreciation and respect for difference A more comprehensive understanding of needs and wants of the staff Improved team productivity and success by encouraging contrasting perspectives Improved staff morale and increased motivation

Improved standards of delivery
Managing diversity is concerned with improving quality within an organisation. This might include increasing the number of women in management positions, increasing the number of ethnic minorities, or raising the age profile in areas where these groups are under-represented. Equality and diversity are not just legal issues, or something which is socially desirable, they are essential to a competitive organisation. Equality in the workplace

If an organisation acknowledges and represents different sectors of society within its workforce, it can: Enhance community/business relations
Improve communications, thereby increasing productivity
Improve morale
Promote individual talents
Reduce harassment and discrimination
Avoid legal action
Draw upon a wider range of experience and skills
Help establish new customers through reaching a wider audience Helps improve company image
Equality in the workplace is about recognising the importance of everyone as an individual and making sure that their needs are met in a variety of ways where possible. Although equality at work is not about treating everyone in exactly the same way, it’s about inclusion, openness and fairness. Diversity refers to a wide range of attributes, backgrounds and skills that people bring to the workplace. Embracing diversity at work means respecting the differences and not expecting everyone to conform to the ways of the masses. Respect for others and treating others equally are characteristics of a good workplace practice. Unfortunately, disrespect amongst co-workers isn’t uncommon and it often causes people to leave their jobs. It may be easier to spend time with people who seem just like you, but you can miss out on a lot of interesting experiences – e.g. conversations, food, books, music and arts. Getting to know people in your workplace who seem different can be difficult at first, but you’ll probably find that you have more in common than first thought. Removing barriers in communication and overcoming cultural differences are a big part in the process of being welcoming and open. For example, when working in a shop, good customer relations are...
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