Diversity In The Workforce

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2.3 Society and individuals
Society continues evolve due to the forces of demographic changes, globalisation, and human migration therefore the context of society and the current forces at play are important to consider when trying to understand the future of work. This next section will focus on how the key trends in demographic shifts, growing diversity, and new needs for flexibility and work-life balance will shape this future. We seek to investigate what the workforce will look like, what are the driving needs, how will they interact, what tools will be used in order to effectively manage this workforce. Demographic change Unpredicted and unprecedented economic, cultural, social, public health and public policy challenges, have resulted in universal changes to the demographic structure of human populations and increased diversity in the workforce (Sander et al., 2015). The global population count is expected to grow by one billion by year 2025 with 300 million of this increase aged 65
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Diversity is defined as the ability to acknowledge, understand, accept, and value the difference among people, regardless of their class, race, ethnicity, age, gender, ability and other areas (Green et al., 2002). Workplace diversity by extension refers to the mixture of different individuals in an organisation, their gender, ethnic group, age, work experience, educational abilities and beliefs (Podsiadlowski, Groschke, Kogler, springer & van der Zee, 2013; Samson & Daft, 2005; UKCES, 2014). Diversity in the workplace context has been viewed as a double-edged sword, in its ability to enhance or hinder performance of an organisation (Cox, 2001). It is also described as one of the key competitive differentiators for organisations (Rawat & Basergekar, 2016; Volckmann,

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