Diversity in the Workplace
Some people work for a living because they earn a living and have to work after work. Some people have jobs they love and find it difficult not to take their work home with them. Then there are people who are successful in diversity. They have a passion for diversity and live their jobs. Their jobs are always determined by the values they live every day and their lives are determined by the values they promote in the workplace.
When organizations began discussing diversity in the 1980s, many believed the answer was diversity education. They believe that if every employee receives training in diversity, prejudice, complaint, and litigation will disappear and everyone will work together in harmony forever. There are two types of people involved in diversity training and education and organizational development. Some see it as a program or a trend.
These people read some books, take a course as coaches, or buy them by mail and call themselves experts. The second group knew this was a process rather than a one-day program, and to make a change happen, they had to experiment, study it, and further develop their passion for it.
They recognize the need to incorporate diversity into the company's business strategy for the rest of their lives. They also know that there are no quick fixes – it will take patience and time – but change is possible.