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Value of Diversity in the Workplace Paper:

From personal experience, select an issue in the work environment that may have been more successfully resolved by the presence of a diverse workforce.

o Include a thorough description of the issue. Describe the ramifications of the issue on the organization.

o Do not simply state that a diverse workforce would have been beneficial in the selected issue. Provide specific details regarding how diversity would have prevented the situation or would have facilitated a more successful resolution to the challenge. Justify your answer.

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Hello. Since I am not familiar with your experience of a working environment and personal history, I am providing a general solution below plus an example based on the diversity experience of a popular logistics company. I hope this suits and that you will be able to use this as a useful guide. Good luck and thank you for using Brainmass.

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Diversity in the Workplace

Diversity refers in its simplest terms refers to the differences that are many and varied. In a social setting, this refers to the following: Race, Culture, National origin, Region, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Age, Marital Status, Politics, Religion, Ethnicity, Disability, economic differences, Family structure, Health, Values, etc. In most cases, diversity is seen to connote multiculturalism, referring to racial, cultural and ethnic diversity within the population/membership of a specific place or group, whether primary, secondary or referential like in a university, a corporation or business, a town, city or a country. Nowadays, nations the world over recognize that while differences can cause conflict, it is also a rich ground for improvement and source of new ideas for the purpose of development. Cities like New York for example find that its diverse population presents a good sampling of a global populace. As a financial center, New York Banks, firms, and agencies has an employee list of varied ethnicities, races and cultures allowing said firms a good understanding of said ethnicities, their unique global markets. Nowadays, the issue about workplace diversity centres on equal and fair employment. The goal is to treat people equally without discrimination whatever their race, ethnicity, gender, age, or religion maybe. Since the Civil Rights movement mid-20th Century in the US, the nation has come to center their efforts for equality against discrimination putting up The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that is still as relevant as it is today. The EEOC encourages diversity in the workplace by putting together policies as well as projects known as 'Diversity Training'. According to Vaughn (2007), diversity training is training for the purpose of increasing participants' cultural awareness, knowledge, and skills, which is based on the assumption that the training will benefit an organization by protecting against civil rights violations, increasing the inclusion of different identity groups, and promoting better teamwork. Many management practitioners find it difficult leading individuals whose differences are so pronounced - religion, culture, beliefs, socialization.

This difficulty leads to barriers in completion of projects leading to inefficiency and at worst, failure. Management professor Michael Bird (2007) proposed the following applicable approaches to increase workplace diversity:
? Recognize that diversity will bring a greater skills base when managed properly.
? Improve the overall climate on diverse project teams in order to improve satisfaction, reduce conflicts, and improve team member retention.
? Encourage creativity, flexibility, and innovation among the team members which will allow the injection of new ideas and challenge the normal organizational mindsets.

Bird Concludes:
"....managing diversity provides greater opportunities ...

Solution Summary

The solution explains and discusses the positive implications and utilization of a diverse workforce by providing a workplace situational issue example wherein a more diverse workforce could have significantly counteracted and resolved. The workplace simulated is the familiar working environment of a retail store for the purpose of accessibility. Details and specific elements in relation to diversity, ethnicity and the retail environment is included. Prior to this however, the solution provides a thorough discussion of diversity and its implications in the workplace discussing the experience of Logistics company FedEx as well as Byrd's proposed approaches to utilize workplace diversity for increased productivity as well as for managing and bridging issues that come with a multicultural workforce. The solution numbers at 1,879 words. References are listed (web and print) following the APA format. A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing.

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Value of Diversity in the Workplace Paper

From personal experience, select an issue in the work environment that may have been more successfully resolved by the presence of a diverse workforce. This paper should be 1,050 to 1,400 words. The paper should include the following:
a. Include a thorough description of the issue. Be sure to describe the ramifications of the issue on the organization.
b. Do not simply state that a diverse workforce would have been beneficial in the selected issue. Provide specific details regarding how diversity would have prevented the situation or would have facilitated a more successful resolution to the challenge. Justify your answer.
Your research paper must follow the APA requirements

1. Your introduction must have an overview of what you will be writing in the paper, giving the reader some information to guide him or her. This can be accomplished by writing (outlining) the stages that your paper will go through.
Example: This paper first will cover ..., Secondly it will discuss ..., and lastly it will give ....
2. Your paper needs to be organized. Your ideas should not be presented randomly without thought or order. Divide your work according to subjects and identify them with sub-titles.
3. You need to have a conclusion. Do not add new information at the end of the paper. You need to summarize the main points of the paper.
Example: This paper covered ..., Secondly it discussed ..., and lastly the finding(s) was (were) ....
Your papers must have 3 references to follow your paper with regard to these requirements: a) 3 sociological sources from the UOP electronic library, 2) your textbook can be used only as the fourth source, 3) dictionaries are not a scientific tool and do not use them as a source to support your paper. Any paper without a reference page or quotation reference in the body of paper will be rejected.
This is a research paper
Needs to have at least 3 references that support the papers assertions and they must be directly quoted by the references in the body of the paper
Paper needs to have quotations and references

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