Name ID No Date Subject Lecture

: Stephani Andriani : 014 2009 00148 :October 22, 2010 : Cultural Diversity : Mr.Hendra Manurung

CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE
Today, cultural diversity issue has been becoming an important role in the wokplace. The diversity is no longer just a black/white, male/female, old/young issue. It is much more complicated and interesting than that. In The Future of Diversity and the Work Ahead of Us, Harris Sussman says, "Diversity is about our relatedness, our connectedness, our interactions, where the lines cross. Diversity is many things - a bridge between organizational life and the reality of people¶s lives, building corporate capability, the framework for interrelationships between people, a learning exchange, a strategic lens on the world." Therfore, cultural diversity in the workplace is very important, benificial, and also challenging in some way. Leveraging workplace diversity is increasingly seen as a vital strategic resource for competitive advantage. More companies are linking workplace diversity to their strategic goals and objectives--and holding management accountable for results. Thus, HR plays a key role in diversity management and leadership to create and empower an organizational culture that fosters a respectful, inclusive, knowledge-based environment where each employee has the opportunity to learn, grow and meaningfully contribute to the organization's success. A benefit of a diverse workforce is the ability to tap into the many talents which employees from different backgrounds, perspectives, abilities and disabilities bring to the workplace. An impressive example of this is found on the business cards of employees at one Fortune 100 technology company. Employees at this company have business cards that appear normal at first glance. On closer inspection, the raised Braille characters of employee information are evident. It shows how the company do respect to the the employee with certain disability including blindness. Many companies, however, still face challenges around building a diverse environment. Part of the reason is the tendency to pigeonhole employees, placing them in a different silo based on their diversity profile. If an employee is male, over 50, English, and an atheist, under what diversity category does this employee fall? Is it gender, generational, global or religious? In the real world, diversity cannot be easily categorized and those

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