Playing Catch Up Ball
With Company Diversity
In The Workplace
many major cities throughout North America, we have been seeing
increasing company diversity in populations throughout the last twenty
years. This increase has been largely fueled by greater
levels of immigration. Workplaces are getting more diverse as
a result of both immigration as well as first and second-generation
ethnics graduating from schools to start their working careers.
Although a more ‘colorful’ diverse workplace has many benefits, this
type of development can result in complications and potential problems
with friction between different groups of people. This is
particularly true for organizations that previously had very homogenous
demographics. An influx of workers of different
backgrounds can result in culture shocks for both new and old company
These culture shocks can result in less cooperation and trust between
people from different backgrounds. Management of course
should be aware that such circumstances could result in less
productivity in the company with negative results on the bottom line.
Of Company Diversity
One of the
most revealing observations one can make is seeing who is
sitting with whom in the lunchtime cafeterias. If people from
different cultures for example are sitting with their own kind at
separate tables all the time with little or no interactions between
them, then this may be a sign that some organizations may not be
embracing company diversity as much as they think they are.
Some human resources managers have admitted that there are challenges
in managing new levels of company diversity at their firms.
result, many companies have initiated diversity training programs for
development in training is at industry and association
conferences. Many conferences now have some type of
in the area of company diversity in the
workplace. One of the surprising things is that conference
types can range from all sorts of industries and professions from
management to health professions to government employee meetings.
In essence, these company diversity training programs are a direct
the complications of increased diversity in workplaces. We
are all playing ‘catch up ball’ to try and educate workforces on how to
work in diverse environments.
The increase of educational
training activities in diversity in
industry should be considered definite proof that diversity skills is
something that people need to have in order to be successful in
careers. This also suggests that if students at the college
or high school levels are exposed to diversity skills well before they
graduate, the more effective they will be when they are ready to start
Indeed, many college and university campuses are experiencing similar
complications from increased diversity as seen in industry.
Many campuses have set up diversity offices to deal with diverse
student bodies. College
programs are being run on campuses to help
students deal with these developments. Such training will not
only help students in their future careers, but will enable them to
have more enriching campus life experiences.
Having graduates well versed in diversity skills will help future
workplaces manage company diversity better. This will in turn
the stress of having to play ‘catch up ball’ with complications of
Here is a short video on
company diversity programs.
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