The Impact of Diversity on the Workplace
Describe the application of labor laws due to court decisions. Describe the impact of diversity on the workplace. Describe negotiating techniques and how to overcome an impasse. Instructions You are employed with Zimring Consulting LLC, an organization in the business of helping other organizations increase performance through workforce enhancement. You were assigned to a project with a large company that is considering some organizational changes in order to better respond to rapid changes in the business environment. You are to meet with different departments and areas of the company in order to analyze and evaluate the status quo. Prior to your first on-site meeting with your client, you review a list of issues that have been collected through initial conversations with the new client. One of the issues that have been identified for further evaluation involves the multi-generational nature of the workforce in the software development area of the company. There seems to be a fair amount of friction being reported between the staff ranging from harassment to reasonable accommodation. Due to the company’s rapid growth through the acquisition of smaller technology companies, the organization has also grown a development organization consisting of Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials. When you met with the client, you also noticed some other issues. You noticed that the individuals representing the Baby Boomers are predominately white males, while the Millennials seem to be comprised of people from foreign nationalities, people of color, and women. You have been tasked with the following: Part I Recall the benefits and challenges of having a diverse workforce utilizing what you have learned from the information in this unit and previous units of this course. Think about individual biases—even your own. Share your thoughts. Part II Now, turn your attention to the management of such a diverse organization. What steps would you take to foster an inclusive organization? How would you ensure that it is maintained and enhanced?