The Changing Faces of the Workforce
Diversity is acknowledging, understanding, accepting, valuing, and celebrating differences among people with respect to factors such as age, class, ethnicity, ancestry, gender, physical abilities, mental ability, race, sexual orientation, education background, spiritual practice, geographical background, income, marital status and others. Such dimensions of workplace diversity however do not fit in silos, and a single individual may be a part of multiple dimensions at varying levels.
In the 1950s, more than 60 percent of the American workforce was white males, who were typically the sole breadwinners in the household. Recent research indicates that about 68 percent of new workers in America are females and people of color, and both theses factions have different expectations and driving forces than do white males. This growing diversity makes an understaning of diversity issues in the workplace important.
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