In the '90s “DIVERSITY” usually
referred to “black and white” or “male and female” workplace
issues. But in the new millennium, DIVERSITY is about age,
gender, race, religion, disability, nationality, sexual orientation,
and more. Learning to understand and accept all these differences
is a profound challenge that can only be achieved through
better and more authentic communication. It is time that we
relearn how to talk to each other and become more sensitive
to cultural and personal barriers so we can be more productive
in the workforce.
don’t think your group needs to be concerned about diversity
issues and cross-cultural communications, consider:
talk about GENDER: By 2005, women will represent
48% of the U.S. workforce. Women have historically earned
less than males and have been underrepresented in management.
about MINORITIES: By 2050, close to 50% of
the US population will be comprised of people of color: Asians,
Hispanics, African-Americans, and other nonwhite groups.
about AGE: By the year 2050, 15% of the workforce
will be 55 years of age or older.
about DISABILITIES: Of the 43 million Americans
who have disabilities, 20 million are of working age (16-64),
and in 1992 14 million of this group were unemployed.
talk about SEXUAL ORIENTATION: At , 62 U.S.
employers have nondiscrimination policies covering sexual
orientation, and 4,463 offer health insurance benefits to
employees' domestic partners. And the higher a company is
on the Fortune 500 list, the more likely it is to have both
domestic partner benefits and a written nondiscrimination
policy covering sexual orientation.
Let’s talk about HATE:
44.9% of hate crime incidents were because of racial prejudice;
21.6% because of ethnicity/national origin; 18.8% due to religious
intolerance; and 14.3% because of sexual-orientation bias.
The point is it is time
to TALK – and we encourage you to consider
Phillip Milano’s ability to get people talking!