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Managing Biracial and Diverse Teams

As the manager of human resources (HR) in a medium-size company that is involved with several Affirmative Action initiatives, you have noticed that the racial makeup of your workforce has an increasing number of multiracial employees (or workers who are offspring of a biracial couple). You are preparing to meet with a supervisor who is seeking some advice from you. Knowing that different racial groups have different values and that his approach to employees of different races needs to differ because of these different values, he is asking you for advice on how to categorize (in his mind) biracial employees.

Discuss the following information:

The trend being seen in the general population in terms of people who could be characterized as biracial
Study the links listed and provide some advice to a supervisor of a department that consists of Caucasians, African-Americans, Hispanics, and a number of biracial employees. Specifically address how the supervisor should classify the biracial employee in terms of how the supervisor might treat the employee.

The Web sites are as follows:

http://diversityinc.com/content/1757/article/3736/
http://www.mgmix.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=529:multiracial-people-become-fastest-growing-us-group-&catid=36:biracial

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Biracial is categorized as having parents or grandparents of two different races. Multiracial includes biracial as well as people with more than two races in their heritage or a generationally distant mix of more than one race in a person's DNA. However, as far as advice to a supervisor of many different races and heritage it would be most important to advise him/her to treat each person as an individual, and respect that person for his/her qualities, not the color of the skin or his/her heritage. By assuming that one must be different because he is a different race one is embarking upon a dangerous path. In truth the most important component of each person is how well he/she ...

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This solution discusses biracial employees and how to manage a diverse team. It includes a link and examples.

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