The Different Impacts Diversity Has on an Individual Essay

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The Different Impacts Diversity Has on an Individual

Diversity refers to the presence of individual human characteristics that make people different from one another (Schermerhorn, Hunt, and Osborn, 2005). Among these individual human characteristics are demographic differences, such as age, gender, sexual-orientation, ablebodiedness, race and ethnicity, and religion. Diversity and demographic differences can impact individual behavior by creating discrimination, stereotypes and prejudices in the work place. The differences that impact individual behavior the most are age, gender, sexual-orientation, and race and ethnicity.

Age Differences

Ages in the workplace can vary from as young as 16 to ages over 60 years old. This
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Gender Differences

Like differences in ages, gender differences also impact individual behavior by creating discrimination and stereotypes. It also creates limitations mainly set for women. The stereotypical woman works at home, taking care of the children, cleaning house, and cooking gormet meals. Even though that stereotype has changed some over the years, it still holds true, and the modern woman still faces discrimination. Like other demographic differences, type of gender can affect promotions, employment opportunities, and financial aid. Also, women are the top victims of sexual harrassment in the workplace. Some women are asked to perform sexual favors in order to promote or get ahead in the workplace.

In addition to discrimination, gender differences impact individual behavior by creating limitations, especially in the military. In the United States, women are not allowed to serve in the front lines of war zones, they are not allowed to serve on submarines, and they cannot serve in special warfare teams, such as the Navy SEAL’s. However, the U.S. has come a long way in promoting women’s rights and allowing women to actually serve in the military. I, personally, would not care to serve on the front lines, on submarines, or on special warfare teams.

Sexual Orientation Differences

Sexual orientation is another demographic difference that can impact individual behavior. According to the American Psychological

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