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Diversity in the Workforce - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Employing individuals of various races, genders, ages and abilities allows organizations to draw from a wide range of viewpoints and ideas. Maintaining a diverse work environment also helps businesses comply with laws in place to ensure fair treatment and equal employment opportunities for all individuals. Learn about both the competitive advantages of workforce diversity and the laws designed to protect historically disadvantaged groups with this chapter's video lessons on the following:
- Employee biographical and demographic characteristics
- Methods for managing workforce diversity
- Effects of affirmative action and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- Strategies for encouraging work-life balance
|Individual Diversity: Biographical & Demographical Characteristics||Survey key biographical and demographic characteristics, including age, gender, race and tenure. Explain how they relate to job performance.|
|Cultural Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples||Identify current trends in cultural workforce diversity, such as the growing number of minorities in the workplace and a willingness to hire individuals with disabilities.|
|Gender Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples||Survey trends in gender diversity. Identify organizational strategies for ensuring male and female employees receive equal compensation and the same opportunities for advancement.|
|Age Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples||Outline methods used to encourage the acceptance of employees of all ages. Explore strategies designed to facilitate intergenerational communication and mentoring.|
|Ability and Disability Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples||Provide an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Explain how sensitivity training and assistive technologies can be used to encourage ability/disability diversity.|
|Managing a Diverse Workforce in Contemporary Organizations||Discuss the benefits of diversity in the workplace, along with strategies for managing a diverse workforce.|
|Affirmative Action: Definition and Effects on Diversity in the Workplace||Explore the legislative history of affirmative action. Identify protected groups and the uses of affirmative action to facilitate workplace diversity.|
|Equal Opportunity Employment||Examine the government's role in securing equal employment opportunities for historically disadvantaged groups. Assess whether or not affirmative action is an effective strategy for promoting equal opportunity.|
|How Organizations Promote Work-Life Balance: Definition and Common Practices||Explain how such benefits as dependent care, flexible work arrangements, vacation time, onsite education and fitness programs can be used to reduce employee turnover.|
1. Individual Diversity: Biographical & Demographical Characteristics
Biological and demographic characteristics such as age, gender, race and length of tenure are easily acquired through work documents, and these characteristics can help predict how individuals will behave at work.
2. Cultural Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples
Cultural diversity is a form of appreciating the differences in individuals. The differences can be based on gender, age, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and social status. Companies have realized the value in acquiring a diverse workforce.
3. Gender Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples
Gender diversity deals with equal representation of men and women in the workplace. In this lesson, we will explore trends and issues with gender diversity in the modern workforce.
4. Age Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples
Age diversity is the ability to accept all different types of ages within a business environment. Companies have to adjust to an aging population in various ways.
5. Ability and Disability Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples
Everyone has both strengths and limitations, and it is the diversity of these things that makes for a great workplace. In this lesson, we'll examine ability and disability diversity in the workplace, including the ADA and sensitivity training.
6. Managing a Diverse Workforce in Contemporary Organizations
Diversity is all around us and is a huge part of the business climate today. All companies strive for diversity, so they can have a unique perspective and look at issues through the eyes of their employees. This lesson will address diversity in a global setting.
7. Affirmative Action: Definition and Effects on Diversity in the Workplace
Affirmative action creates a diverse workplace for organizations. Legislation was passed to help protected groups not have an adverse impact on employment opportunities. In this lesson, find out the difference between protected groups and adverse impacts.
8. Equal Employment Opportunity: Title VII Law & Regulations
One of the most important employment laws on the books is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In this lesson, you'll learn about Title VII, its regulations and how it affects human resources management. A short quiz follows.
9. Equal Employment Opportunity: Title VII Requirements for Managers & Organizations
Violation of Title VII can result in serious consequences for a business. In this lesson, you'll learn important issues and concepts that managers must understand in order to comply with Title VII. A short quiz follows the lesson.
10. How Organizations Promote Work-Life Balance: Definition and Common Practices
The overall trend in organizations to keep employee turnover rates down is to offer significant programs that provide a work-life balance. A work-life balance is an organizational concept that empowers employees to split time and energy between work and other important areas of their life successfully.
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