Diversity Paper

889 Words Feb 23rd, 2007 4 Pages
Diversity Paper An organizations success depends on it workforce. A talented and diverse workforce lends the most opportunities for success within the organization. A diverse workforce will also impact the organizations individual human behavior. Human behavior is the collection of activities by human beings and culture, emotions, ethnicity, gender, age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, occupation, skills and abilities, personality traits, and values. This paper will discuss the impact that race and ethnicity, age, gender, and sexual orientation have on an individual's behavior. Human behavior is impacted greatly by race and ethnicity. Human behavior can easily be affected by stereotypes, discrimination, and …show more content…
Many people believe that as a person ages, their skills, thought processing capacity, and fitness level diminishes to the point where their productivity drops. They, in turn, are perceived to be less valuable than their younger counterparts in the workplace. The age gap in the workplace can be vast. Ages can very from the teens all the way up to the sixties or even seventies. These age differences could be a source of prejudices and stereotypes. The United States government has admitted that workers over the age of forty are at risk of discrimination. According to the government website for equal opportunity (http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/age.htm), setting age limits for employees has become a common practice among employers. The government has created several acts which outlaw age discrimination. The 1967 Age Discrimination Act was created by congress to protect the rights of workers over the age of forty against workplace age discrimination. The ADEA states, "it is unlawful to discriminate against a person because of his/her age, with respect to any term, condition, or privilege of employment-including, but not limited to hiring, firing, promotion, layoff, compensation, benefits, job assignments, and training".(ADEA, 1967) Gender differences also play a key role in impacting individual behavior by creating gender based discrimination and stereotypes. It is predominately women that face gender discrimination.

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