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Playing Catch Up Ball With Company Diversity
In The Workplace

Company Diversity

Workplaces in 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 staff.

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.

Challenges 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.  As a result, many companies have initiated diversity training programs for their staff. 

Company Diversity Education

Another development in training is at industry and association conferences.  Many conferences now have some type of educational session 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 result of 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 their careers.

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 ease the stress of having to play ‘catch up ball’ with complications of diversity.

Here is a short video on company diversity programs.

Company Diversity Education

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