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Facing the Workforce of the Future

The diversity of the U.S. population has changed significantly over the past decade, and more shifts are expected over the next 20 years. Some examples include: 1) Construction firms are employing a large number of Hispanic/Latinos and they must adapt their recruiting, training, and safety practices to reflect this diversity in their workforce; 2) Harley-Davidson increased the number of minority and women managers and workers by 20% over the past decade which has resulted in more African America, Latino, and women customers; 3) Long-haul trucking companies are focusing on recruiting and training women to counter an expected shortage of 111,000 drivers by 2014.

Questions for Discussion:

1. What do you think are the major reasons that more organizations are recruiting a diverse workforce?

2. What are some ways that recruiting would be done differently to attract more African Americans? Latinos? Women?

3. What are some ways that training would be done differently for African Americans? Latinos? Women?

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The major reasons why more organizations are recruiting a diverse work force are that workers with a diverse background bring unique experiences and points of view. Further, when the workforce is diverse there is greater scope for personal learning and growth. There is improved communication as barriers between different types of people are reduced. When there is diversity, the workforce becomes more sensitive to market needs. Most importantly, firms want to realize synergies among the workers. The large companies are recruiting a diverse work force to increase productivity. Diversity brings creativity and helps organizations that want to be innovative. Being open to diversity helps identify and recruit the best talent in the market. Finally, having a ...

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The answer to this problem explains Workforce of the Future. The references related to the answer are also included.