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Diversity as it Relates to Team Dynamics

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"Diversity often adds value to the workplace. Everyone, is part of today's multicultural workplace. Diversity is about you, your attitudes, your beliefs, and your ability to work well with other people. With cultural diversity come broader perspectives and ways of looking at issues. Now more than ever, we can tap into and use knowledge and skills from a variety of sources and cultures. Diverse workplaces let us experience other cultures, but even more importantly, we can see culture through a variety of perspectives. Diversity is approached differently than it once was, and it's important to understand how it is viewed today. By learning the language of cultural diversity, we can create a baseline understanding of key trends," (U.S. Department of Labor (2010).

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Teams and groups are usually used interchangeably however both entities have a common objective i.e. to complete the task at hand. Teams are usually formulated based on the skills and attributes, interconnectivity, and personality traits of each individual member. Groups are often formulated as a result of top-down hierarchy or assigned to one another. Groups are often considered to be one sound, one voice to illustrate the "group think" mentality in which case everyone is on the same wavelength. Teams generate ideas collectively and develop a consensus during the decision making process. In essence teams determine the very best alternative for the current task. Below is a table comparing and contrasting the difference between work groups and teams.