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Diversity & YOU!

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Saba Banoori

on 9 December 2014

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Transcript of Diversity & YOU!

Diversity
& YOU!

It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, & nurturing environment.
Why accept Diversity?!

Diversity brings real benefits to society & businesses
History of Diversity in the Workplace
The 1964 Civil Rights Act made it illegal for organizations to engage in employment practices that discriminated employees on the basis of color, race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, and disability.
In 1965, Executive Order 11246 was passed requiring all government contractors to take affirmative actions to overcome patterns of exclusion and discrimination.
What exactly is Diversity?

The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance & respect.
These can be along the dimensions of:
Race
Ethnicity
Gender
Physical abilities
Socio-Economic status
Religious beliefs
Political beliefs
Or other ideologies...
Diversity brings real

benefits to Society
For society, diversity brings richness, and variety.
There are always new & interesting things to be learned from each other.
Diversity brings real benefits to business
For a business employing a diverse workplace enables it to use a wider range of talent & skills.
These lead to creativity & innovation
Businesses need to mirror the communities & cultures they work in so they can understand & anticipate the diverse needs of their customers.
In order to get the best from staff & meet the varying needs of their diverse customers it is very important for businesses to manage diversity in a positive way.
They need to recognize , respect & value people's differences.
Saba Banoori
It means understanding that each individual is unique, & recognizing our individual differences.
Diversity is defined as all characteristics and experiences that define each of us as individuals.
It is about understanding each other & moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing & celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.
These official orders eliminated formal policies that discriminated against certain classes of workers and raised costs to organizations that failed to implement fair employment practices.
These laws remain a part of the legal responsibilities under which organizations abide by today.
Although many organizations became more diverse, there were still organizations unwelcoming to certain classes of workers, and were slow to change.
In order to foster the development of more diverse organizational cultures, companies began to offer training programs aimed at valuing diversity.
Groups with greater diversity were shown to have greater innovation and creativity.
Diverse groups have a greater range of perspectives, and are able to generate more high quality solutions than less diverse groups.
Diversity is associated with increased sales revenue, greater market share, more customers, and greater profits.
Benefits of Diversity
Negative Effects of Diversity
Diverse groups are shown to be less integrated and have a higher level of dissatisfaction.
Increases the level of dissatisfaction in group members, as well as miscommunication.
Diversity can be linked with conflict, increased employee turnover and absenteeism, and lower quality of performance.
Conclusion
It is clear that diversity has a profound effect in the workplace. While many studies have been conducted, these studies show conflicting results,showing further research is needed.
As the workforce continues to grow more diverse at a steady rate, it is necessary for organizations to embrace diversity
Although many organizations have increased their acceptance of diversity, it has yet to fully gain a majority of support
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