Diversity in the workplace
With increased migration of individuals, resulting in higher levels of globalization, it is important for organizations to ensure diversity of not just racial and ethnic nature, but also of political, religious, economic and social backgrounds of the employees that are in their organizations. The diversity of the workforce should be extensive to reflect the market that a company has or intends to reach. It is easier for clients to identify with a company that has a broad and diverse human resources team and culture than for a restricted human personnel company (Cairns & Sears, 2012).
Strategies for Advancing Diversity in the Workplace
Human resources department should ensure diversity in the workplace from the attributes that they ask for when they are hiring, to the training skills that they offer when the employees are hired. The human resources department should ensure that they have a culture that mainly focuses on talent rather than backgrounds. If no discrimination occurs in the workplace, it would be easier for the human resources department to attract employees when positions are advertised since everyone has an equal opportunity of getting the positions.
Basic Democratic Principles and How They are related to Diversity
Organizations that practice democratic principles ensure that there is consistent execution of the company’s mission and vision. The leaders ensure that the employees are aware of what is expected of them by expressing the company’s mission and assigning specific goals and objectives to them. The employees are given an opportunity to contribute their thoughts on issues facing their departments and organizations, and where possible, depending on company policy, adjust the manner in which the goals are achieved, with the go ahead of the manager. When employees feel that their ideas and input are considered by the management to assist in the efficient execution of duties, their morale raise; which in turn increases their productivity. The diverse ideas promote appreciation and understanding of each other’s differences, which in turn promotes cohesion at the workplace (Yeoman, 2014).
In organizations that promote diversity, individuals from different religious, racial and economic backgrounds are hired and take up different positions in the organizations, and the qualifications of these individuals are given utmost attention.
Democratic principles in the organization also promote accountability since individuals have clear goals, which they are supposed to execute in certain ways and in given timelines. However, the accountability is not done in an accusatory tone, but rather in a manner as to encourage responsibility and focus in achieving the mission of the company and staying ahead of the competition in the market (Paludi, 2012).
Dignity is an important democratic principle that ensures that all the employees in the company are treated as valuable commodities that contribute in the positive growth of the organization. Respect is cultivated through the humane treatment of all employees, which trickles down to how customers and other key stakeholders are treated.
Organizations that promote diversity in the workplace are bound to achieve high morale and productivity levels from their employees. Issues such as the color of the skin and religious background are not an issue and instead, the qualifications of the employees are the main focus. This ensures that the employees focus on achieving the goals and objectives of the company using the most efficient available tools (Paludi, 2012).
Cairns, J. & Sears, A. (2012). The Democratic Imagination. Toronto: University of Toronto.
Paludi, M. (2012). Managing Diversity in Today’s Workplace. California: ABC CLIO.
Yeoman, R. (2014). Meaningful Work and Workplace Democracy. New York: Palgrave.