"Managing Diversity" is a critical human resources function for organizations large and small. All too often, though, executives and managers lose sight of what diversity means from a legal and moral perspective, and the message then gets lost in the translation when it comes to the rank and file employee.
In 1997 the Department of the Interior identified diversity for its workforce as a crucial issue and provided the following definition of diversity for its own management purposes:
"The term 'diversity' is used broadly to refer to many demographic variables, including, but not limited to, racial, religious, color, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, age, education, geographic origin, and skill characteristics... Managing diversity is a comprehensive process for developing a workplace environment that is productive for all employees... The term 'diversity' is also used narrowly in employment recruiting and retention efforts to refer to race/national origin, gender, or dis ...
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