Diversity in Work Place
Diversity is a state of distinctions or differences in something. This concept includes respect and acceptance which mean realizing that every person is unique and personal dissimilarities should be appreciated. Diversity exists in various dimensions including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, common and financial status, bodily abilities, spiritual beliefs, opinionated beliefs, or other ideologies. Assimilation is the process by which one gets absorbed into a different form of diversity. Once one is absorbed, person gets the attributes of the group and vice versa. Once the person is assimilated, he or she becomes one and pluralism arises. Race, gender, and ethnicity are three dimensions of ethnicity, because not all people on Earth are of the same race. There are several races in the world, and because of the different races, diversity exists. Considering genders there are two main ones which are male and female. On the other hand, ethnicity is also a form of diversity since all people have different traditions. The forms of ethnicities vary from one individual to the other. These three dimensions cannot change and are core to thought-processes and shape one’s views, morals and values (Jackson, p. 20-70).
There are five main diversity myths in the work place. The first is that diversity programs are only good for being politically correct. This myth is not relevant since diversity programs are much more than political correctness. Embracing diversity gives the organization an opportunity of separating an organization from the competition. Another myth is that diversity programs are just another form of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO). This is not true since there are basic differences between EEO and diversity programs. EEOs are government initiated while diversity programs are voluntary and run solely by the company. Diversity is the HR department in an untrue myth since diversity benefits are only possible through the efforts of managers, supervisors, employees and HR personnel. The opinion that promotion of diversity does not prevent discrimination in the work place is another untrue myth, since promoting diversity in the work place prevents discrimination at large. One more myth is that diversity training is unnecessary. This myth is utterly irrelevant since the only way to ensure maximum diversity benefits to your organization is through proper training (Jackson, p. 100-150).
The strategies for developing diversity consciousness are to carry out training on diversity acceptance in the work place. Need for emphasis on equality and fairness in the work place should be done by letting individuals know that the company accommodates every person of any diversity. Culture and experience play a vital role in the work place as people have different culture and experience. Thus, accommodating such people benefits the organization gaining the new experiences and as a result, high performance in the work place is guaranteed (Jackson, p 200-300).