Making Diversity Work Article Review
Type of paper: Article Review
Topic: Management, Diversity, Workplace, Human Resource Management, Store, Human, Women, America
The article I choose was “Making Diversity Work”. I choose this article because diversity in the workplace has been ongoing issue for a very long time. In the article the word diversity is considered a buzzword in every U.S. workplace. Managing diversity also is another term that keeps circulating in the workplace. The meaning of diversity is a wide range of different things; varieties. The determination of Managing diversity is the leadership and management of a employees that has the goal of promoting productive and reciprocally beneficial interactions among the workforce of organizations. Both Diversity and Managing diversity are critical tools to have in any successful organization. One without the other is subject to create an unsuccessful working environment which in return can affect the working environment for the employee as well as organization as a whole.
The article talks about a recent study that was conducted on seven hundred and eight five managers of human resource; it found that in the period from 1983 to 1993 the number of women in the work forces increased on nearly 69.1 percent. Among those percentages African Americans are 59.1 %; Hispanics are 49.4 %; Asians are 44.4 %. The study that was supported by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which is one of the largest HR membership organization in the world that is devoted to human resource management, and Commerce Clearing House Inc. (CCH), which is a provider of an information and software services for accounting, tax, and audit workers. Their study also shows the number of Caucasian men in the workforce increased only on a small 10.4 %. The managers of human resource researched – the ones who are responsible for managing diversity showed that 91.3 % are Caucasian and only 5 % are African American, 1.6 % are Asian, and 1, 7 % are Hispanic. Among the participants of the survey, 50.5 % were women. It’s listed under the wealth of 500 companies that Caucasian men rank the highest in jobs of human resource. Also in the article the question remain does causcaion hiring personnel will give minorities an equal shot?
Even though I cannot relate this article to my current job, I can relate it to my prior job. I worked at a supermarket during 1998-2000 and I started as a bagger. I would be eventually promoted to a cashier. What I have noticed from the time I started to the time I left is that there wasn’t much growth in management. I have noticed that there were four causcian managers and one African American who all happened to be women. The store manager was a causain male. As I look back the reality or chance of the women managers becoming a store manager would be slight. The history showed all males. Years later I visited my old workplace and came to find that the Caucasian male store manager was replaced by an African American male. I felt like that was a start being that past store managers were all Caucasian males, but the question that still lingers in my mind is why women can be great managers but not great store managers for this company. The article was definitely a great read. The information was relatable to me and my past experiences in the workplace.
In conclusion, even though changes continues to be made in workplaces every day, diversity in the workplace is still going to be always an ongoing issue that companies will have to deal as long as their employees feel they are not getting their fair chance at the ladder of success.
Kleiman, C. (1994). Making Diversity Work. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved from