The Benefits of Diversity Essay examples

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Organization Behavior
The Benefits of Diversity

Affirmative action has been the center of many heated debates for decades now. Affirmative action policies are used in the United States to give advantages to racial minorities in areas of education, employment, health care, or government funding. These "minorities" are underrepresented groups in society, especially when defined by race, ethnicity, or gender. Until the mid-1960's, legal barriers prevented blacks and other racial minorities in the United States from entering many jobs and educational institutions. Although women were rarely legally barred from jobs or education, many universities would not admit them and many employers would not hire them. The Civil Rights Act of
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The plan included revising company recruitment and hiring procedures to reflect diversity in the workforce, focusing on career development and retention of current employees, and increasing the number of women, and minority owned business partners. (Diversity at Work) There are documented cases of where diversity greatly benefited business. In the early 1980s, a group of women at Reebok complained at the fact that they could not find a good aerobics shoe. Listening to that complaint, Reebok began marketing aerobics shoes, and within two years went from a $12 million-a-year shoe company to a $3 billion powerhouse. Since then, the company has recognized the importance of diversity, making it a corporate priority. CEO Paul Fireman said that in order to become diverse, a company must find people with different stories to tell at every level of employment, and then make room for them to talk. Diversity, he has said, does not mean hiring those who are different and then forcing them to behave the same way. (Diversity at Work)
McDonald's actively recruits older workers for management jobs and also employs thousands of older workers in its restaurants. The company finds older workers to be highly motivated, with discipline and work habits hard to find in younger employees. (Diversity at Work)

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