Diversity

Diversity Definition: The understanding that every individual is unique and we must take into account everyone to build a society that is diverse and at its richest. There are two main approaches when looking at diversity in organisations; Equal Opportunities Approach and Managing Diversity Approach. These mean ‘treat everyone the same’ and ‘treat everyone differently’ respectively. We have the two methods because people either want to be exactly the same when working, or they have to be treated differently so that they both get the most out of their workplace. We often see that people are treated differently in organisations and this is because doing this allows people to get what they need, assisting in their work and therefore making them more effective. All employees are different, so surely treating them the same wont get the best out of all of them? Equal Opportunities Definition: Focuses on promoting the sameness of treatment so that inequalities don’t exist. A ‘rights-based’ perspective (Webb, 1997). Diversity Management Definition: A central principle in managing diversity is that individual differences should be both recognised and valued as a source competitive advantage’ (Foster and Harris, 2005: 5) Why Care About Diversity? Not only is diversity in organisations important because the government has brought in so many legislations, but it is also important because organisations can use it to their advantage. If you operate in an equal way, or manage your diversity well, then you will be able to get a competitive advantage, which not only will make your product/service better, but it could also lead to getting better staff as people will feel better about working for...