Practical Application: Assessing Organizational Diversity

Instructor: Yuanxin (Amy) Yang Alcocer

Amy has a master's degree in secondary education and has been teaching math for over 9 years. Amy has worked with students at all levels from those with special needs to those that are gifted.

A diverse organization provides the expertise that only people from a varied background can bring. Use this assessment to help you see where your organization stands in terms of organizational diversity.

Organizational Diversity Assessment

How is your company doing in the area of organizational diversity? Take a look at this assessment to find out. It's divided into different sections for each type of diversity. Read each question and answer with a yes or no, then tally the answers up to see where your organization stands.

Cultural Diversity

Cultural diversity is about the various cultures that make up your workforce. A culturally diverse workforce consists of people with varied belief systems and backgrounds. For example, employees may be racially, ethnically, or linguistically diverse. They may have different religious or political beliefs or come from different socioeconomic backgrounds. The more cultures you have, the more opportunity to gain from the talents of various cultures.

Question Yes or No
Are there more than three different cultures in the organization?
Does my organization use inclusive job ads and recruiting practices to give all cultures an equal opportunity?
Are all the cultures in the organization given the same treatment and pay scale?

Gender Diversity

Gender diversity is important, particularly in fields or organizations typically dominated by men or women. The most diverse organizations not only have an equal number of men and women, they also recruit and hire employees with non-binary gender identities, such as agender, bigender, and genderfluid individuals.

Gender diversity is also about treating men and women with the same level of respect. This respect shows in the pay scale for each. Some companies tend to pay women lower than men. But gender diversity says that men and women work equally hard and both should be given the same pay for the same job.

Question Yes or No
Are men, women, and non-binary individuals given the same opportunity to get hired or promoted?
Do both men, women, and non-binary individuals at the organization feel as if they are treated equally?
Is the payscale the same for men, women, and non-binary individuals in the organization?

Age Diversity

Age diversity is also important in the workplace as the different ages bring in different skills. The most diverse organizations hire people from different generations. They employ young people, older people, and everyone in between.

Question Yes or No
Are there several generations of workers at the organization?
Is each age group given the same opportunities to grow individually and professionally?
Does each age group feel as if they are treated equally by management and other employees?

Disability Diversity

Disability diversity is about recruiting and hiring workers with impairments in addition to enabled workers. Impairments include physical impairments, such as cerebral palsy or visual impairments, or mental impairments, such as learning or intellectual disabilities.

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