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Issues Arising From Biracial Employees in the Workplace

Deliverable Length: 150-250 words

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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As biracial marriage becomes more acceptable, we can expect the number of people claiming a biracial background to increase steadily. Most adults have experience dealing with people of other races, and know how to speak to them without offense. However, when someone has more than one racial background, the rules for interaction are unclear. A person who has learned one way to interact with Asians and another way to interact with blacks will be at a loss when meeting someone who is both Asian and black. Which set of rules apply? The hesitancy that results from the dilemma can be misinterpreted by the multiracial person as disapproval of their heritage. So the situation becomes charged with tension that should never have been there.

The article "Multiracial People Become Fastest-growing US Group" ...

Solution Summary

As biracial heritage becomes more common, employers need to address the complexities arising from the classification of their workers.

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