The Importance Of Diversity In The Workplace

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The world today is much more closely knit than it ever was hence the birth of the term ‘global village’. As a result of this cultural entanglement communities are becoming much more diverse; companies have employees than different countries even continents. This makes us ask the following question – is this diversity beneficial? As far as workplaces are concerned the cons surely outweigh the pros and the greatest proof is that all multinational companies are hiring on basis of diversity as well as starting programs like employee exchange to have a mix of cultures in the workplace. This emphasizes on the fact that diversity is definitely beneficial for workplaces.
Firstly, diversity plays a great role in making a workplace healthier as individuals become less ethnocentric. As mentioned in the book us against them, “Ethnocentrism is a mental habit. It is a predisposition to divide the human world into in-groups and out-groups” (Kinder, n.d., p8). Ethnocentrism however is not to be confused with prejudice as it is not irrational, it is simply a way to look at the social structure of any setting not a way to judge people or consider them inferior. The terms in-group and out-group basically refer to social groups; in being the ones consisting of people from the dominant culture in the setting while out is the group of culturally different people who do not fit in with the majority of the people for reasons like language. A workplace with such a judgmental attitude can surely be
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