There is no doubt that today¡¦s business world is changing rapidly and many factors are also simultaneously interacting. Perhaps these factors are created by diversity.
According to the dictionary, diversity is a point or respect in which things differ. In fact, diversity in the population, the work force and the market place give many benefits for organizations. Managers are to gain more knowledge on internal diversity in order to maximize the efficiency of workforce and profit. Therefore, not only are changes inevitable while competition and improvement interacting, but also globalization is a crucial factor affecting all organizations. This essay will focus on and analyze some themes related to the diversity in today¡¦s competent business environment and a successful example will be discussed at the end of this paper.
Reform of traditional management
Bell and Harrison (1995) have an opinion on the ¡§past leaders¡¨. In the past business world, leader were required to show that they have the strongest ability among all other staff. Centralization of power seems to be the characteristics of a leader and certain information control helps to maintain leader control and management. As far as making profit is concerned, centralization coursed a lot of red tape and poor performance. Therefore, it is about time there was a reform.
Moreover, advanced technology has urged the reform of workplace nowadays. According to Casey, C. (1999), technological changes change the concept of leadership. The development of advance technology facilitates and speeds up the flow of information. Techniques, information and skills become possible to be enhanced, acquired and discarded in leaning that happens at work. Centralization of information and special skills are no longer regarded as element of leadership.
As far as diversity is concerned, setting the same target, sharing the same value and mutual understanding are essential. Therefore managers and employees are encouraged to challenge top managements in terms of various aspects: such as discrimination, norms, biases and inappropriate decisions. This emphasis on employee involvement should be continued shift to have an ultimate management change: shifting the centralizing management to a more personal development and work-together basis to maximize each employee¡¦s talent and ability.
In general, executing diversity in management can increase the level of education and have perception changed. Therefore, more broaden views and different ideas can be obtained and analyzed. A suitable coordinator is responsible to link up the people from different perspective so as to perform effective management rather than ¡§one-man-band¡¨ in organization. Since leadership is extremely important, thus, motivation and encouragement should be given to leaders and staff.
Workforce diversity means hiring staff from different gender, race, age, ethnicity and cultural...