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Diversity

For Business Leadership Class
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Dakota Chodan

on 4 June 2013

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Ethnicity Age Race Gender Generational Differences Advantages of Age Difference Disadvantages of Age Difference Traditional / Mature Workers 1946-1960 Baby Boomers Generation X 1961-1979 1980 + 1946 Generation Y Economic uncertainty.

Limited opportunities .

More self-disciplined.

Respectful of authority.

Appreciative of the security offered by long-term employment. Best academic training and international travel experience.

Self-assured and entrepreneurial minded.

Prefer positions offering more flexibility.

Jobs with creativity and self-expression.

Not as much loyalty to company, in comparison with their older co-workers. Omnipresence of information technology.

Both their work setting and social involvements are associated with the latest electronic gadgetry.

Tend to be highly individualistic.

Sense of personal challenge.

They consider their careers as highly mobile. How Managers Deal with the Situation http://diversitymbamagazine.com/managing-age-groups-in-the-workplace In Summary Diversity Productivity Creativity and Problem solving Wider Talent Pool Discrimination Market share and creates a satisfied diverse customer base http://saharconsulting.wordpress.com/2010/03/26/6-advantages-of-workplace-diversity/ this is the generation that has experienced the most economic uncertainty in their lives, coupled with limited opportunities for educational attainment. Often with military backgrounds, persons in this category tend to be more self-disciplined, respectful of authority, and appreciative of the security offered by long-term employment. It’s not unusual for mature workers to only have one or two employers throughout their work lives. Increased educational options.

Inspired by greater expectations of personal success.

often broke away from traditional models of workplace conformity

Charted their own pathway to success.

“Workaholic.” Traditional->Members tend to sacrifice, make do, follow the rules and think of others before themselves.
Baby Boomers-> were taught to change the world through working and playing well with others.
Generation X members-> tend to be skeptical, questioning and self-reliant. They're results-driven and realistic.
The Generation Y -> is achievement and service-oriented. these qualities are so diverse, they can be used to educate all age groups Male Female Finding the Balance Ethnicity in the workplace Accommodate different personal needs. Accommodate personal employee needs. Different generations of employees will be in different stages of life and may require that employers offer some scheduling flexibility to manage their personal time. But maintain parity so other employees don’t feel alienated. Boomers who are thinking of retirement, for example, may want to cut the number of hours they work in exchange for reduced pay. Gen Xers who need to leave work early to attend a parent/teacher function can agree to make up lost time at another date. Support Millennials who may want to pursue another degree part time and extend the same educational opportunities to other employees. http://guides.wsj.com/management/managing-your-people/how-to-manage-different-generations/ Each age group offers insights and knowledge to work room experiences Each age group offers insights and knowledge to work room experiences and each have their own expertise that should not go unnoticed by employers. Effectively and when managed correctly, these fit into an ideal work places and make for a better work environment. However, for this to be true there must be good managers who work closely with their groups to ensure that all are treated fairly and are listened to. Not every employee will have the resourcefulness to extract the full benefit of both older and younger employees. The young could grate on the nerves of the older worker, or the younger one could become rude and disrespectful of the older worker. Good managers who understand the value of both young and energetic workers and older and more controlled employees are capable of keeping tempers and attitudes under control. http://www.helium.com/items/1527482-benefits-of-age-diversity-in-the-workplace The young could get on the nerves of the older workers. Younger employees are often more agile and full of enthusiasm and energy. young workers can bring enthusiasm, fresh thinking and a freedom from old ideas and therefore innovation to the workplace. Older workers bring maturity, life experience, calmness, knowledge about life and situations, good communication skills, and they are used to punctuality and good work habits. Older workers bring maturity, calmness and knowledge. Heightened innovation. Negatives Positives By promoting and employing without respect to gender, a workplace earns not only professional acclaim but employee and customer loyalty. Women are opportunity experts Women are networking professionals Women seek to be relationship specialists Women are natural givers Migratory status

Barriers
Race
Language
Integration

Other Religion and traditions

Different values

Inability to adapt Expression of power Minority Majority Diversity Good managers who understand the value of both young and energetic workers and older and more controlled employees are capable of keeping tempers and attitudes under control. Heavily Masculine Take risks to prove their manhood Be in control and appear unemotional males tend to be more aggressive, they often try to crowd out alternative perspective instead of simply listening. http://voices.yahoo.com/the-benefits-gender-diversity-workplace-5992002.html Social integration at work can only be influenced to a small degree. The formation of cliques and exclusive social groups is a natural process that can be impossible to control at times. Because of this, companies can experience informal divisions in their staff, creating a situation where culturally diverse employees avoid exposure to each other during break times and after work. Although there is nothing fundamentally wrong with this scenario, it can hinder the effectiveness of sharing knowledge, skills and experience, thus curbing productivity growth and the effectiveness of teams. Diverse knowledge Unique strengths and weaknesses http://smallbusiness.chron.com/advantages-disadvantages-diversity-workplace-3041.html The ability to bring out the creativity in otherwise bland work teams http://www.forbes.com/sites/glennllopis/2011/08/22/4-skills-that-give-women-a-sustainable-advantage-over-men/ Which creates a very positive work environment Many organizations are placing primary emphasis on people who fit their cultures when hiring. The reasoning is that if the people have the “right” attitude, they will more than likely understand and adapt to the goals and expectations of the organization. The necessary skills can be taught. That is a lot easier than hiring people with the right skills but wrong attitude probably cannot be changed. Many organizations have determined what it takes to succeed in their companies. Individuals from minority groups face challenges everyday dealing with prejudice, discrimination, and stereotyping. Prejudice is defined as an adverse opinion or judgment formed beforehand or without full knowledge or complete examination of the facts; a preconceived idea or bias Face inevitable:
Prejudice
Discrimination
Stereotyping increase
marketing
opportunities,
recruitment,
creativity,
and business
image Diversity increases
ambiguity
complexity
confusion. May find it hard to reach a single agreement Homogeneous groups often outperform culturally diverse groups, especially where there is a serious communication problem. Heterogeneous work teams often under-perform homogeneous teams because they do not allow each member to make a special contribution to the work effort. Cost of training. What managers have to keep in-mind First, there is an increase in the cost of training. This increase comes from costs associated with seminars, programs and lectures given to promote diversity in the corporation. These types of training are given to all levels of staff within the organization (Outtz, James L, 2004). They teach employees how to accept the personalities and ideas or thoughts of others. These programs also teach one how to deal with conflicts and prejudice in a professional and civil manner. Seminars
Programs
Lectures Reverse Discrimination http://mr-gadget.hubpages.com/hub/Benefits-and-Problems-of-a-Diverse-Workplace A heterogeneous workforce has the potential to perform better than a homogeneous group Difficulty agreeing on courses of action. WORK CITED AGE Gender Ethnicity RAce Gadget. "Benefits and Problems of a Diverse Workplace." HubPages. HubPages, n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2013.

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Salem, Effie Moore. "Benefits of Age Diversity in the Workplace." Helium. Helium, 23 July 2009. Web. 12 Feb. 2013. http://www.easybib.com/cite/view extra info Not seen as different or unique Make up the larger part of the group number of ideas generated level of motivation for staff How Managers Can Help Identify the benefits and places where improvement can happen.

Celebrate the impact that diversity offers.

Look for opportunities to build appreciation.
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