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Cultural Diversity

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January 22, 2018

Charmaine Kaimikaua

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The different dimensions
of cultural diversity are: age, race, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity,
nationality, social class, and religion. All of these classes are protected by law. They are
protected because in the past people have been discriminated against by
companies and managers. The diversity that comes along with all of these dimensions
are beneficial to the company, where they work.

My heritage is German and
Native American and I identify with German, Cherokee Indian, and Black Foot
Nation heritage. I identify with these cultures because my family migrated from
Germany (Prussia) many years ago. Once my forefathers arrived in the new world,
they comingled with the Cherokee nation. Eventually my family moved further
west and they mingled with the Black Foot Nation of the American Indians.

Today my social circle is
very diverse. I mingle with Caucasian, African Americans, Hispanics, people from
other Latin Nations, and the many Pacific Islands. With that being said, most
of the people that in my inner circle are prior service military, many of whom I
served with several of these employees I went to Iraq with when we were active
duty. The biggest part of my social circle comes from my wife’s family. My wife’s
family consists of Hispanics and Pacific Islanders: such as Guamanians,
Hawaiians, as well as other Pacific Islanders. I do not get home too often, so therefore,
I am not exposed to my heritage anymore. However, I have been with my wife and
her family for so long that it seems like I am Hispanic and Islander.  

“Diversity and inclusion
are two concepts that we often speak of in many social situations between which
a key difference can be identified.”  (Difference
Between Diversity and Inclusion. 2017). Diversity describes the differences
between people according to their age, race, sexual orientation, race,
ethnicity, nationality, social class, and religion. Inclusion is closely
related to diversity but they are not the same. Inclusion means that all
employees are treated fairly and equitably. The term inclusion also means that
all employees also get access to the same promotion or other opportunities.

By using workplace diversity training in
the workplace, it will help people be more understanding of others religious
beliefs, sex, ethnic groups, sexual orientation, disabilities, or other people’s
age. Diversity training is beneficial not only to the employees but the company
that they work for. “Workplace
diversity training is an investment in your employees, thus an investment in
your company.” (Mitchell Holt, 2018). Diversity training may help people understand
that it is a bad idea tell jokes about sex or make offhand comments about a
person’s race. The training will allow employees it is another person’s right
not to be subjected to this type of insensitivity.

A good example of diversity
training is the prevention of sexual harassment. This training will make the workplace
better for all employees. Diversity training can be a onetime training for all employees and
be a condition of employment for new employees. The training can be offered to
the employees at the workplace or at an offsite location. The training should
be conducted be a professional and not any of the employees. Where I work
everyone is required to do this type of training yearly and when first hired as
a condition of employment. It is known that some employees do not care for
having a diverse workplace. There are supervisors as well as other employees who
make it difficult for certain classes of people to work in some places of work.

Discrimination has come to my home. This
discrimination came from my wife’s supervisor and other employees where she
works. She feels that she was discriminated against because she is Hispanic and
Islander. She believes that she was discriminated against because she is the
only “minority” working there because everyone else is Caucasian. The discrimination
has affected her deeply, she hates to go to work. I tell her to leave and go somewhere
else to work. She also has filed an EEOC complaint against her supervisor with
my advice and help. Once she filed the EEOC complaint, the workplace got a
little easier for her but they do not include her in things such as lunch for
the office or bowling.  

It is a supervisor’s responsibility to
make sure that everyone is onboard with the diversity and stop anyone that has
a hard time adjusting to it. Being intolerant may come in many forms. Some
employees that are intolerant may believe that certain employees are hired or
may be getting rewarded due to affirmative action and this could be further
from the truth. Employees should be rewarded on merit and work ethic. If an employee
or employees do not conform to being tolerant of other people, this will cause
a hostile work environment and is detrimental to the entire workforce and puts
the employer at risk for legal action. So, diversity training is a must to
protect the employee and the company.

My experience at work with diversity is
vast. I work with people from multiple cultures and backgrounds. I believe that
the diversity is good for the organization. There is not enough inclusion where
I work. I have seen more than qualified people get passed over for promotions
and those employees believe it was due to their race, heritage, or age. I too
felt this way when I got passed over for promotions. I believe that it was due
to my age and disabilities. I have seen supervisors at my work treat other employees
differently according to their gender and race. This cost my place of
employment several lawsuit settlements, one was $175,000 and they still allowed
that supervisor to work there and some people just do not understand why a supervisor
that discriminated against an employee is allowed to continue to work there.

I have come a long way from the way
I used to think when I was younger. When I was growing up, there were no races
or nationalities in my small town or within the whole county except Caucasians and
African Americans. After traveling the world and being exposed to every race or
culture imaginable, I have learned to respect all people. So, in conclusion, being
tolerant of other people regardless of there age, race, sexual orientation,
race, ethnicity, nationality, social class, and religion is a must in today’s
society.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

Difference Between Diversity and Inclusion (January
25, 2016). Retrieved from.  http://www.differencebetween.com/difference-between-diversity-and-vs-inclusion/

Training in Workplace Diversity. Mitchell
Holt. (2018). Retrieved from. http://smallbusiness.chron.com/training-workplace-diversity-3026.html