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Diversity in the Workplace

Searching for employment can be a task within itself. When it comes to looking for jobs and you have limited experience you may have the opportunity to find work at an entry level. Entry level positions seem to round skills off that you are unaware of or confirm if you like the industry you are working in. I would consider myself as an intermediate employee but I have seen and faced issues when dealing with entry level jobs and the inadequacy of diversity shown within the workforce.

How can I describe the LACK of diversity when it comes to Entry Level positions in the workforce? I don't feel that these positions are very diverse when it comes to the people that provide the training ... I don't believe you are taught what's needed since we all range and come from different backgrounds.

Include a thorough description of the issue. Describe the ramifications of the issue on the organization. Discuss accuracy, conflict management and personalized learning from a diversity perspective.

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The challenge touches on diversity at multiple levels - at the entry level, in training, and at the organization level. A classroom education does not necessarily provide with EVERYTHING you need; however, someone who has learned to be flexible, adaptable and to see every experience as a learning experience (instead of seeing learning as only a classroom exercise), will tend to have an easier time of it, regardless of the level of diversity or lack of diversity in their particular workplace, regardless of job level. Mary L Connerley and Paul B Pedersen, in their book "Leadership in a Diverse and Multicultural Environment: Developing Awareness, Knowledge and Skills" (Sage Publications, 2005), itemize a number of knowledge areas that they argue can ONLY be obtained through an awareness of differences in background and culture. These areas are: ACCURACY, CONFLICT MANAGEMENT, IDENTITY, HEALTHY SOCIETY, ENCAPSULATION-PROTECTION, SURVIVAL, SOCIAL JUSTICE, RIGHT-THINKING, PERSONALIZED LEARNING, SPIRITUALITY, POLITICAL STABILITY, and STRENGTHENING LEADERSHIP (pp 26-28). (Capital letters used here for emphasis)

Briefly let's look at a few of these in more detail: ACCURACY, CONFLICT MANAGEMENT and PERSONALIZED LEARNING. Even with just these three, here is plenty to think about.

ACCURACY
This does not refer to getting the right answer on a multiple choice test, or that all your formulas in a spreadsheet are typed correctly, meaning your numbers are correct/accurate. Accuracy here refers to the ways in which culture and background (I'm going to use these two words interchangeably) affect learned behaviors, understanding and problem assessment and solution development. This implies that people from different cultures may understand the same event, conversation, problem, or challenge in different ways and that we must be careful to ...

Solution Summary

This solution addresses the impact of diversity (or the lack of it) has on the workplace, especially for entry-level positions.

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