Ch 15: Diversity at Work

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You can watch the video lessons in this chapter to learn about the main topics related to diversity in the work environment. These lessons will help you understand the different kinds of diversity you might encounter at work as well as issues pertaining to them.

Diversity at Work - Chapter Summary

If you wish to learn about the different issues relating to diversity in work environments, you can watch the video lessons contained in this chapter to study up on key information. Each lesson is dedicated to a different type of diversity or diversity-related issue that is essential for a thorough understanding of this subject as a whole.

You will explore impediments to diversity, and ways in which work environments can become more diverse. The instructors of these lessons will go through all information on these topics point-by-point, so you will feel comfortable with your understanding upon completing the chapter. By watching these lessons, you should be able to:

  • Define diversity as it applies to work environments
  • Identify different kinds of diversity and groups that may be under-represented
  • Recognize challenges to workplace diversity
  • Understand your own perceptions in relation to diversity
  • Implement strategies for improving diversity in your own workplace

The video tags in these lessons will allow you to return to specific points in the videos that contain especially pertinent information in the future. The chapter also offers transcripts of each lesson if you wish to have a hard copy of the information presented. Once you have completed the lessons, make sure that you test your knowledge of some of the topics by taking the chapter's practice quizzes.

13 Lessons in Chapter 15: Diversity at Work
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What is Diversity? - Definition & Meaning

1. What is Diversity? - Definition & Meaning

Diversity broadly refers to many demographic labels, such as race, gender, and age, but also includes invisible attributes such as marital status, disability, or religion. Discover a deeper understanding of the definition of diversity, as well as the value of embracing diversity.

Individual Diversity: Biographical & Demographical Characteristics

2. Individual Diversity: Biographical & Demographical Characteristics

Some organizations need employees with a variety of perspectives who can bring more creative thinking into the workplace. This can be achieved by hiring employees from diversified backgrounds. Learn the advantages of workplace diversity, and explore individual diversity, including biographical and demographical characteristics such as age, gender, race, and tenure.

What is Workforce Diversity? - Definition & Issues

3. What is Workforce Diversity? - Definition & Issues

The variance of employees' race, age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, and ability determines the workforce diversity of an organization. Examine the potential issues and challenges, with each distinct characteristic.

Cultural Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples

4. Cultural Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples

Cultural Diversity is where a group is made up of individuals from differing cultures or societies. Examine six observable trends in the workforce, and advantageous strategies used by companies to implement cultural diversity.

Gender Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples

5. Gender Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples

Gender diversity in the workplace refers to the rate at which men and woman are hired, paid, and promoted in relation to the opposite gender. Explore gender diversity facts and trends in today's modern workplace, as well as ways to work on closing the gap and moving toward equality.

Age Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples

6. Age Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples

It is important that a workplace commits to diversity in terms of race, gender, and nation of origin, but also in relation to the age range of their workers. Learn more about the importance of age diversity in the workplace, trends and examples of the issue, and how the workplace can benefit from such diversity.

Ability and Disability Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples

7. Ability and Disability Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples

As humans possess various abilities and disabilities, the workplace often contains such diversity as well. Learn about different abilities and disabilities, the ADA and accommodation in the workplace, and how diversity and sensitivity contribute to a healthy working environment.

Religious Diversity in the Workplace: Definition & Laws

8. Religious Diversity in the Workplace: Definition & Laws

Employees are federally protected from discrimination based on their religion under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which allows for equal opportunities for employees regardless of their faith. Learn about the guidelines for religious expression in the workplace and exceptions made for holy days by the law.

Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace: Definition, Laws & Cases

9. Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace: Definition, Laws & Cases

Discriminating against an employee in the workplace because of their sexual orientation is illegal. Learn about the history of the LGBTQ community and its fight against sexual orientation discrimination, as well as the laws and court cases surrounding discrimination in the workplace.

Socioeconomic Diversity in the Workplace

10. Socioeconomic Diversity in the Workplace

Successful companies know the benefits of employing a diverse workforce. In this lesson, we will describe what socioeconomic diversity means in the workplace and the responsibility managers have to individuals of all backgrounds.

Managing a Diverse Workforce in Contemporary Organizations

11. Managing a Diverse Workforce in Contemporary Organizations

Diversity is an important feature of contemporary organizations. Explore factors that enable leaders to successfully manage diversity in the workplace and discover how diversity helps contemporary organizations thrive in a global market.

Factors that Influence Perception in the Workplace

12. Factors that Influence Perception in the Workplace

A person's perception is strongly influenced by many key factors, regardless of the situation, and the workplace is no different. Learn more about the two different viewpoints on perception and unlock three main factors that guide one's perception of people and various situations in the workplace.

Benefits of Diversity Training in Globalized Business

13. Benefits of Diversity Training in Globalized Business

When organizations are diversified, their managers and employees come from different genders, races, sexual orientations, religions, and other backgrounds. Learn about the benefits of diversity training in globalized business. Explore a diverse world, understand why organizations should train for diversity, and recognize what works in diversity training, as well as how it helps organizations.

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