Ch 6: Diversity in the Workforce

About This Chapter

Watch online video lessons to learn about cultural and gender diversity, affirmative action, equal employment opportunity and more. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding of these business topics.

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

Video Objectives
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.

10 Lessons in Chapter 6: Diversity in the Workforce
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Individual Diversity: Biographical & Demographical Characteristics

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.

Cultural Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples

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.

Gender Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples

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.

Age Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples

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.

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

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.

Managing a Diverse Workforce in Contemporary Organizations

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.

Affirmative Action: Definition and Effects on Diversity in the Workplace

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Title VII Law & Regulations

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Title VII Requirements for Managers & Organizations

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.

How Organizations Promote Work-Life Balance: Definition and Common Practices

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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