Importance Of Diversity In The Workplace

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INTRODUCTION This assignment will focus on explaining the importance of diversity management, challenges of management diversity, give strategies and implementation of management diversity in the workplace. A diverse workforce is a reflection of a changing world and marketplace. Diverse work teams bring high value to organizations. Respecting individual differences will benefit the workplace by creating a competitive edge and increasing work productivity. Diversity management benefits associates by creating a fair and safe environment where everyone has access to opportunities and challenges. Management tools in a diverse workforce should be used…show more content…
Although associates are interdependent in the workplace, respecting individual differences can increase productivity. Diversity in the workplace can reduce lawsuits and increase marketing opportunities, recruitment, creativity, and business image (Esty, et al., 1995). In an era when flexibility and creativity are keys to competitiveness, diversity is critical for an organization’s success. Also, the consequences (loss of time and money) should not be…show more content…
It is acknowledged that South Africa is rich in both its private and public health sector. Public and private metropolitan clinical settings experience similar diversity challenges. Much of the private industry literature on diversity management exalts the benefits of a diverse workforce. These benefits center on the belief that individual differences create the potential for a more creative and different way of thinking about organizational issues and thus should lead to innovative solutions to routine problems. Additionally, within the clinical setting context, it is believed that the diverse patient population would be better served by a diverse staff. There is the danger however, of romanticizing an extremely complex and demanding process, which as noted by Tshikwatamba (2003:36) despite their advantages in the workplace, differences are sometimes the source of considerable hostility and disagreements that cultural differences and religious beliefs have been the cause of much hostility and human suffering globally, is a matter of public knowledge. The clinical setting is but a small aspect of the world in which we live and work. Within the clinical environment, cultural differences can be found in both traditional cultures and the new cultural identities resulting from the socialisation and inculcation processes encountered in the professional schools that produce those who populate the
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