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Diversity in the Workplace

Does Diversity in the Workplace Matter to You?

One of the great things about working with others is that we get perspectives from people that we may not have come across in our everyday lives. Those people help us to learn and grow, not just professionally but personally, too. I like hearing everyone's stories and think it's awesome that people with very different backgrounds can end up in the same place.

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glofriend glofriend 9 years
Can't say diversity is an issue for me. I've usually been the only female/minority in my group. I was the only female/minority in most of my classes in school, too. I have a racially diverse family, with members from all over the world, so I have enough diversity experience. I just want to be around smart, efficient people who have a sense of humor!
Valynn Valynn 9 years
I'm just there to do a job, and all I require is that the other people who work with me know how to do theirs. Affirmative Action is a catch-22 in that respect. Yes, promoting diversity is nice and all, but that doesn't necessarily the right person got the job.
anakiya anakiya 9 years
It doesn't matter to me how diverse the workplace is. Intelligence and ability to do the work are important in my co-workers and as far as the actual place is concerned what's important to me is the reputation of the employer and the company.
Green Green 9 years
I like diversity it keeps things interesting.
Taadie Taadie 9 years
ive come to peace with the fact that i will more than likely always be in the minority wherever i work. the office where i work now is pretty diverse for our company and i like that. but i dont see myself working here forever because diversity is not their priority on a national level. i think that diversity of all kinds is important but its really easy for the race thing to get swept under the rug like its not a problem anymore. it still is and will be for a while. we just gotta keep moving forward.
Tari007 Tari007 9 years
I definitely think it is important, and sometimes it can be very fun! I love meeting people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, etc. I learn so much! Diversity is awesome! However, if I had a job that wasn't too diverse, it wouldn't bother me.
ikimashokie ikimashokie 9 years
I like diversity, as long as it's sincere. I hate forced diversity. Especially if it makes it seem that someone is only there to fill a quota. Sad thing, with my major and eventual career, I'm going to be that "quota-filler". Stupid diversity.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
yes!
legalbeagle legalbeagle 9 years
It definetly matters to me... when you have a group of people all from similar backgrounds and cultures its pretty boring to go to work everyday... The people you work with become your family away from home... I love talking to people who are totally different from me but somehow we ended up in the same place~ Makes going to work a lot more fun when you have a different point of view~
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
hikitty - I'm in the same boat. I work with all women of many different races/backgrounds. With no diversity in gender, it's still not an ideal work environment at all! I will definitely know better the next time around. For employers, I think encouraging diversity in the workplace is very important because people from different backgrounds bring different experiences and ideas. From an employee's perspective, even though we don't go to our jobs expecting to make friends, you still spend a great deal of your time at your job. You want to be comfortable as much as possible. As a person from a minority race, I won't necessarily turn down a job if they have an employees with only one race. I guess it's because I'm used to being a racial minority and I've learned how to deal with any situation that might arise. But if it came down to two equal-in-every-other-way jobs from two separate companies where one's environment is racially homogeneous and the other is more diverse, I would feel more comfortable in the diverse environment.
fauxtographic fauxtographic 9 years
tdamji makes a good point, a homogenous environment on the surface doesn't necessarily indicate non-diversity in general - but in my case i said "yes" because a couple of years ago i moved to a different office in my company, and holy crap it is non-diverse in a BAD way! aside from myself, there is ONE other person of colour here, and most of my coworkers think nothing of throwing really ignorant comments around (mostly in the form of making fun of the ethnic names of people in other offices; it took them 6 months to get my name right, and they still ask me why it's so "funny". argh!)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I dont give a rip, I am not here at my job to learn about new cultures or meet new people , i am here to work and i dont care where you are from as long as you do your part and I am not picking up the slack.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that diversity anywhere is really imporant. whether it's coming from a different culture, country, background or whatever - having someone who has a different perspective on life makes it more interesting.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
It's great but I don't really look for it when I'm searching out a job.
bfly1133 bfly1133 9 years
When I think diversity I don't necessarily think about race or culture. To me it's about different experiences, viewpoints, knowledge bases...well you get the idea. :) I want the people I work with to have different vantage points to challenge our work environment.
KansasNutmeg KansasNutmeg 9 years
Im all for diversity....but i don't think it ought to be the top consideration. Its nice if its there.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
I work from a home based office so this really doesnt apply, however in the event I decided to make a change, it would be something of interest. There is a lot to be learn from different and perspective to be gained by diversity. I would not turn a job down if that werent the case, but it would intrigue me if it did exist.
Veekore Veekore 9 years
Yes, it matters to me....I want to be surrounded by a range of different viewpoints. I myself am Russian, work with 2 Bangladeshis, a Sri Lankan, a Brazilian, an Uzbek, an Arab, and two Indians. I love it, because they often challenge my perspective on different situations.
hikitty hikitty 9 years
I work with ALL women... awesomely enough, woman of all different races. But the kind of diversity I want is sex. I want MEN, I want more Testosterone... less Estrogen. There is always going to be gossip and cattiness and drama, but moreso when it's ALL women.
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 9 years
It definitely matters to me, I get so excited while I am at my new job because it's so diverse. Managers and upper level staff are not just all old white men it's great! It's bad enough you turn on tv or go and watch a film and there is pretty much no diversity( I am sorry a token person of color on 1 out of every 4 new shows just doesn't count) if I had to deal with that at my job 5 days a week for 8 hours it would drive me crazy. Sorry can't work in a place where there is no one else that looks like me, that's just insane and it says a lot about that company in my opinion.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Diversity matters to a point. It can help a company in the marketplace if they understand that the marketplace is diverse and perhaps having your staff reflect that may help you better your competitors. But there is bad diversity like "don't deny me a job because you already have your token minority staff member" or "don't hire me because you think it would make your company look good to have one black person on staff". I do not indicate my race or gender on applications when companies ask for them to be included with resumes because I feel it shouldn't matter, my experience should matter. Generally what happens is I do a phone interview, the HR person 95% of the time assumes I'm white. I show up for the interview and shock-of-shocks the woman is black! After he/she has picked their jaw up off the ground and finished asking me for the 700th time if I really am me, we get down to the interview. I meet everyone I'm suppose to meet and I leave. By the time I get home there's a job offer on my answering machine. I call back and they ask me if I'd have a problem being the only black in the office at which point I ask them "what makes you think I'm black"? That puts an end to that line of discussion. Eventually, someone says in the office "we didn't know you were black when we read your resume, then when we spoke to you on the phone you sounded white." I'm guessing because I sound very neutral on the phone, have a 'valley girl' sort of accent, and don't use any slang-they made some weird leap of logic. I often ask "what does black sound like" because all of my siblings sound like I do. Also, I've been told "your name is so white sounding" HUH? My name was given to me by my parents, I don't think Edward and Deanna had a list of approved black sounding names and approved white sounding names. When my co-workers meet my nephews and they see the pictures of my mother and they get very confused - how can these fair skinned people be your mother, nephews and grandparents. I usually say because America likes to pigeonhole people into picking one ethnic background and ignoring the others especially if you have more melanin therefore you see dark skin you assume I'm only black. It's easier for you that way. You don't see the rest of my immediate family to see that my family is extremely diverse. Some employers make very weird assumptions about applicants and I'd prefer to just be considered as a person not as a black woman.
emalove emalove 9 years
Of course it's important, but honestly, I don't think I've ever thought about it much before.
almost-famous almost-famous 9 years
It doesn't matter by race. However, people still hire folk based upon beauty and body type.
Smart-Living Smart-Living 9 years
I agree with you, SkinnyMarie. Well said!
foxie foxie 9 years
Uh... no. My job is a job... not a sitcom.
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