Diversity Management

The more I read & observe, I realize how essential and happening Diversity Management is for organizations today. In order to understand this management concept, we first take a look at its definition.

Diversity includes characteristics or factors such as personality, work style, religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, having a disability, socioeconomic level, educational attainment, and general work experience. Diversity refers to all of the characteristics that make individuals different from each other. (1)

Diversity is about understanding, valuing and making the most of the individual differences found in each and every person. (2)

Diversity is a universal phenomenon. That means that we can apply techniques for its management to any set of differences, similarities or tensions in the midst of any collective mixture. (3) The ultimate objective is to become diversity capable, which means to get skilled in making quality decisions in spite of the differences, similarities and tensions.

Important to note that Diversity is not Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity; these are laws and policies.

Here’s my image to the definition of diversity 🙂

References

1. http://www.hr.com/sfs?t=/contentManager/onStory&e=UTF-8&i=1116423256281&l=0&ParentID=1195136163728&StoryID=1182830058081&highlight=1&keys=Diversity&lang=0&active=no (HR.com registration required and its free)

2. http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/leader/diverse.html

3. http://www.amanet.org/performance-profits/editorial.cfm?Ed=218

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