For so long, organizations operating within multiple facets of the global economy, deemed race as the only factor encompassing the definition of diversity.
However, diversity is defined as the state of being diverse; variety; a range of different things. Organizations have evolved and so has the meaning of diversity in the workplace.
Diverse individuals obtain a variety of characteristics encompassing ethnic backgrounds, languages, religion, sexual orientation, gender and so much more. The meaning of diversity is not limited to, but stereotyped as an individual’s appearance, dialect, or spiritual beliefs. Diversity, not only helps define who a person is, but also people obtain the certain skills; traits, abilities, and ideas or opinions that sets an individual apart from the rest. In short, diversity has a major impact on the success of a business.
In the department store industry, many companies have incorporated diversity initiatives within the workplace as their main priority. Macy’s Inc. is one of the nation’s premier retailers for designer apparel, accessories and home furnishings.
Macy’s Inc. department stores operate in some of the most eclectic cities in the nation. The company operates 810 Macy’s department stores and furniture galleries in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as macys.com.
In addition, Macy’s Inc. owns the Bloomingdale’s brand, which includes 40 stores in 12 states as well as bloomingdales.com. Macy’s Inc. parallels their company’s business strategies to represent the diversity of the nation’s communities.
Macy’s Inc. has one of the most dynamic strategies for allocating diversity initiatives within the Macy’s and Bloomingdales department stores.
Macy’s Inc. requires every new employee to attend diversity training and awareness orientations. Thereafter, employees are required to attend the re-training diversity session every two years. The mandatory diversity training initiatives demonstrate that diversity awareness is an on-going project that contributes to Macy’s Inc. culture.
David Clark, the executive vice president of Human Resources stated on the website, “To be successful, it’s imperative that we reflect the face of America and the diverse customer base we serve. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is represented by diversity of our workforce and our inclusive work environment, which allows us to attract and retain the best talent. It also encourages creativity and innovative thinking, which are at the heart of our success.”
On the Diversity Leadership web link on macysinc.com, Macy’s Inc., not only uses diversity as their philosophy when managing the workforce, but also when serving the customers and working with vendors.
Through the Supplier Diversity Program, Macy’s Inc. seeks to source goods and services for either resale or in support of Macy’s business operations, from qualified...