Ethical Diversity at the workplace paper
In an ever changing environment companies must constantly transformation to stay relevant. Transformation of the work force continues to be a key element of business management. “A leader’s ability to motivate subordinates plays a key role in maintaining an ethical organization.” (Ferrell, et. al., 2013, pg. 197) Employees are going to mimic the behaviors of those in charge, the way they respect and treat fellow workers lies heavily on personal ethics, training from hire and the example they have in their Leadership team. “If an organization has shared values and an ethical culture, employees should be highly engaged and motivated because of their trust in others.” (Ferrell, et. al., 2013, pg. 197) Companies cannot wait to recognize gaps in ethics and diversity training. Holes in a company’s ethical decision making offers a huge opportunity for downfall and profit loss in the form of EEOC lawsuits and loss of clientele. Diversity in the workforce will never change; in fact it will only continue to grow. It is ultimately the organizations responsibility to ensure their culture and actions reflect a diverse, inclusive and ethical work environment.
It is no secret the workforce in America is growing more and more diverse by the day. This was not always the case in the business world. Diversity is growing in the workplace in every realm thinkable; gender, ethnic background, age, ability and education. There is no doubt diversity will continue to represent the community of people our world is growing to be. It has often been said we are turning into one big melting pot and rightfully so our workforce will reflect that pot as time goes on.
“Based on the 200 census, the U.S. workforce (generally ages 25 to 64 is in the midst of a sweeping demographic transformation. From 1980 to 2020, the white working-age population is projected to decline from 82 percent to 63 percent. During the same period, the minority portion of the workforce is projected to double from 18 percent to 37 percent, and the Hispanic portion is projected to almost triple from 6 percent to 17 percent. By 2042, the U.S. population will be more non-white than white, making it a majority minority population.” (Maurer, 2010)
With the minority of the workforce doubling in only a short 40 year time frame, companies will undoubtedly need to adjust their way of thinking and leading their teams. Human Resources departments must be proactive about the effects of a more diverse work environment. Growing diversity brings advantages. It also brings challenges in terms of people working together respectfully accepting other schools of thought. Companies that recognize this growing sector of employees and are proactive with the integration of current and new employees will find success in the productivity and ethical arenas. Those that do not recognize these inevitable changes are going to feel growing pains that can put the business