In week 2 we examine several important topics for our HRM practice. The issues related to diversity and multiculturalism and questions about how HRMs can create a synergistic environment while being legally compliant with our labor laws are paramount for us to consider. Refer back to Figure 2.1 in Chapter 2. This week we’ll be focused on and thinking about the issues directly associated with the “SOCIETY” and “LABOR MARKET CHANGES” bubbles. We discussed how as HRMs we need to be hyper-aware of societal changes as well as demographic changes in the overall labor market as we develop and implement our organizational HR Plan policies. And don’t forget, the policies and plans we implement as HRMs affect our Customers and our stake holders! The quote that begins on the bottom of page 3 reads, “This diversity leads to profitability and the ability to better serve customers.” As HRMs our goal is to develop and implement a dynamic HR plan that reflects our society. Doing so results in a successful organization which values employees and clients alike.
And please make sure you have a firm grasp of the difference between diversity and multiculturalism.
Question 1: Benefits of a diverse workforce
What are some of the organizational benefits of attracting and retaining a culturally diverse workforce? How can diversity and multiculturalism support an organization’s talent management strategy? What policies would you develop as an HRM to ensure your organization achieves these benefits? Use the articles and resources provided to support your ideas.
Don’t forget to read over and then respond to a colleague’s ideas. Be sure to include citations from at least two sources you used to develop your responses!
Question 2: Evaluating diversity programs
Part A: What are the essential components of an effective diversity program? Discuss legal and organizational cultural factors. What are some challenges organizations face in creating and maintaining successful diversity programs and how can these be overcome? Use the articles and resources provided to support your ideas.
Part B: Select an organization and explore their diversity program. It could be an organization you have worked for, one you are familiar with, or one you are curious about. Describe the major components of their diversity program and what makes it effective. Include the website in your reference list.
Once you’ve posted your thoughts, respond to a colleague’s ideas.
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