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An Increasingly Diverse Workforce

The workforce has become increasingly diverse and this trend is expected to continue in future years. How can a leader effectively manage workforce diversity, not only at the national level but also at the international level? Define the dimensions of diversity as well as management challenges and opportunities for ensuring that organizational goals are achieved. Prioritize necessary actions.

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This is an issue of Human resource management. Human Resource management involves the development of organization systems and practices for the planning, acquisition, development and utilization of manpower. HR policies must be fair, reasonable and employee friendly.

Diversity- Human context
The stereotyping of the different races are strong for example white Americans consider all Asians and Hispanics as illegal aliens. Those dealing with Hispanics in the city almost always assume Hispanics do not understand English and belong to the lower class. They believe Hispanics only work as maids. The Blacks are viewed as violence prone and with low education. The Asians, although they are well educated face the glass ceiling in employment above which they cannot progress. Thus this is because of lack of orientation towards diversity. In society the term diversity refers to the presence in one population of a wide variety of cultures, opinions, ethnic groups, socio-economic backgrounds, and so on.
. Dimensions of diversity include, but are not limited to: age, ethnicity, ancestry, gender, physical abilities/qualities, race, sexual orientation, educational background, geographic location, income, marital status, military experience, religious beliefs, parental status, and work experience, according to Loden and Rosener in Workforce America! Managing Employee Diversity as a Vital Resource.

Organizational context
Diversity is perceived to enrich an organization's human capital. Whereas equal opportunity focuses on various disadvantaged groups, the management of diversity is about individuals. Managing diversity means acknowledging people's differences and recognizing these differences as valuable; it enhances good management practices by preventing discrimination and promoting inclusiveness. Good management alone will not necessarily help you work effectively with a diverse workforce. It is often difficult to see what part diversity plays in a specific area of management. Thus the most important factor is the principals and values of the company in developing and implementing the diversity initiatives. This is because values describe what your management team really cares about. This has to come from within then only one can develop a truly talented diversified organization. Hence diversity is more important in public programs and services to fulfill the social objectives. (indiainfoline)
Managing diversity is a challenge for today's public ...

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