Evolution In The Workplace Research Paper

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Society has evolved over the last century causing organizations to change with the times; shifts such as these, have required workers to "re-tool" to be a productive and indispensable member of the workforce. With change comes implications, not only for the workforce, but also for Human Resource (HR) managers. “Today, people of color, women, and immigrants account for nearly 85 percent of our labor force” (DeCenzo, Robbins, & Verhulst, 2013). What we have today is not what we had over one hundred years ago; evolution has taken place within the workplace, starting all the way from the industrial period to the technological period today.
The Industrial Revolution, originally beginning in Europe, dominated America in the 18th and 19th centuries;
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A review in Harvard Business noted “a lesson the war taught us is we can increase the productivity of a workforce through the reorganization of the work itself and through careful selection of people to do this kind of job and that kind of job” (Folts, 1951) which is a different perspective than back in the height of the Industrial Era, where any and all were trained for factory jobs. Folts also mentioned “trying to keep the skilled people exclusively on skilled jobs and utilizing the unskilled workers who come into the workforce on other jobs for which they can be trained more readily. In so doing, we count on the fact an emergency situation justifies the organization of work in ways that would hardly be tolerated in a nonemergency situation” (1951, pp. 17-18). The war itself forced the integration of the new unions into the war effort and forced business into working out accommodations with the unions for the duration of …show more content…
Unmarried women -- single, widowed, divorced, or separated -- earn an average annual household salary is almost $12,000 lower than unmarried men, and they make only 56 cents on the dollar compared to pay for married men” (2010). Over the span of a woman’s lifetime, this could be anywhere from “$400,000 to $2 million; as a result, 70 percent of older adults living in poverty are women” (2010). Ensuring equal pay and access to nontraditional jobs are two important steps forward for women in the workplace; another is to make sure labor standards and social insurance programs reflect the realities of the twenty-first century

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