Management Concepts & Organisational Behaviour - MANAGING DIVERSITY

Meaning of Diversity

   Posted On :  19.05.2018 10:52 pm

Diversity exists in a group or organisation when its members differ from one another along one or more important dimensions.

Meaning of Diversity
 
Diversity exists in a group or organisation when its members differ from one another along one or more important dimensions. It may be noted that diversity is not an absolute phenomenon. It has to be viewed as a continuum. For instance, if everyone in a group is exactly like everyone else, there is no diversity. Similarly, if everyone in the group is completely different from the other, it implies total diversity. However, in reality these are hypothetical situations. Most of the work groups are characterized by a level of diversity somewhere between these extremes. That being the case, diversity at workplace should be seen in terms of degree or level of diversity along various dimensions.
 
The various dimensions of diversity include gender, age, ethnic origin, colour, among others. For instance, a group comprising five male young men from Tamil Nadu in a workplace has relatively little diversity. If one member is replaced by a young female from Tamil Nadu, the group becomes a bit more diverse. If another member is replaced by a young man from Punjab diversity increases a bit more. Further, if a third member is replaced by a young man from Assam, the group becomes even more diverse. That is how, diversity in a work place has to be seen and understood.

 

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