Diversity in the Workplace
Workforce diversity refers to presence of individual human characteristics that make people different from on another (Schermerhorn, Hunt, & Osborn, R., 2008, p. 51). A variety of experiences and perspectives could arise from differences in race, culture, religion, mental or physical abilities, heritage, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other characteristics. When the topic of diversity is presented, individuals think of ethnicity and race, and then gender. These are aspects of diversity but the topic is much broader. It’s important to understand how the dimensions of gender, personality traits, skills and ability, occupation, and religion affect the organizational performance. A good starting-point for thinking about diversity is to become familiar with all of these aspects and how they impact an organizations environment.
Gender equality in the workplace has been a struggle for decades. The balance mostly surrounds women and where they fit into the work environment, if they fit into the workplace. Gender and Workplace Experience an article by Kaul (2009) stated the study of gender should focus ideally on men and women, their behavioral traits, attitudes, skill sets, and competencies (p. 80). Gender diversity is just one of the ways of ensuring that growing work requirements is suitably addressed (Kaul, 2009). The workplace culture historically is created by men and is naturally masculine. Gender presents at least two challenges to organization managers. One is the impact that women will have on management staffing and the management team. The second area impacted is human resources management and how management deals with a mixed gender workforce.
Women are succeeding in a wide variety of positions. They are also beginning to succeed in areas that historically have been male-dominated fields. A woman in the field of purchasing and supply chain is new. “As the management team becomes more diverse the...