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Diversity and Ethics in the Workplace

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Running head: DIVERSITY AND ETHICS IN THE WORKPLACE Diversity and Ethics in the Workplace K.B. MSU Ethics 101 Tom September 01, 2007 Diversity and Ethics in the Workplace Diversity and Ethics have a profound effect on an organization's staffing practices and selection of tools. Before you can understand how diversity and ethics have these effects, one must understand what diversity and ethics are. Diversity Diversity is the presence of individual differences, such as gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, and the ability to perform various tasks. An organization that completely values diversity will have management that makes diversity a priority and practices it. An effective manager can practice diversity by executing the following seven steps: focus on getting the best talent, develop career plans for all employees, provide career mentoring by diversity cohorts, promote minorities to responsible positions, maintain accountability for diversity goals, make diversity part of organizational strategy, and build diversity into senior management. ...read more.


For example, a Car Dealer named DCH Auto has only one female automotive technician on staff out of all seven of their dealerships. Seeing a woman as an automotive technician is rare since it is not a job field woman typically go into, therefore it is hard to find a woman to hire for that type of position. There is some ethnic diversity among the automotive technicians, the majorities are white (non-Hispanic) and Hispanic but there are other races as well. As for the other departments at DCH Auto, there is great diversity in the number of women as well as the number of minorities. When training staff a HRM needs to consider the diversity of those who are being trained. Diversity training is training that is designed to change staff members' attitudes about diversity and or develop skills needed to work in a diverse environment. ...read more.


There are situations where a company has the right of their employee affected. The right of privacy is one of the rights that takes a little more effort to protect. Since record keeping on computes is becoming the normal for many companies, keeping the records confidential is a challenge. If a people have access to these files could other files also be accessible. HRMs must keep all of their personnel records on a separate network. By having a separate network this helps to limit the number of people who have access to these records. Protecting employee's rights is an important goal for the HRM (Noe, Hollenbeck, Gehart, Wright, 2004). Diversity of the employees and the ethics of treating the employees fair go together. Both diversity and ethics are about doing what is good and right for everyone involved. This is not a carefree responsibility but one that requires a HRM to put aside their personal bias, feelings and beliefs in order to insure all the employees' needs are met. ...read more.

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