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The organization can draw from that pool to meet business strat-
egy needs and the needs of customers more effectively.
More effective execution with workplace diversity:
Companies that encourage diversity in the workplace inspire all of
their employees to perform to their highest ability;
Company-wide strategies can be executed, resulting in higher
productivity, profit, and return on investment.
Implementation of diversity-in-the-workplace policies can be a major
challenge to diversity advocates. Organizations must build and implement
a specialized strategy to overcome some of the challenges of diversity for
their particular organization. These challenges include the following.
Perceptual, cultural and language barriers need to be overcome for
diversity programs to succeed;
Ineffective communication of key objectives results in confusion,
lack of teamwork, and low morale.
Resistance to change:
There are always employees who will refuse to accept the fact that
the social and cultural makeup of their workplace is changing;
The “we've always done it this way” mentality silences new ideas
and inhibits progress.
Successful management of diversity in the workplace should take
account of the following.
Diversity training alone is not sufficient for an organization's diversity
A strategy must be created and implemented to create a culture of diver-
sity that permeates every department and function of the organization.
(V) Recommended diversity steps
that have proven successful
world-class organizations are the following.
Assessment of diversity in the workplace:
Top companies make assessing and evaluating their diversity process
an integral part of their management system;
A customizable employee satisfaction survey can accomplish this
assessment for a company efficiently and conveniently;
Such a survey can help a management team determine which
challenges and obstacles to diversity are present in a workplace and
which policies need to be added or eliminated;
Reassessment can then determine the success of diversity in the
workplace plan implementation.
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