By now you have probably already seen the viral video that is going around involving the arrest of two African-American men at a Philadelphia store. These two men entered a Starbucks and asked to use the bathroom, but an employee informed them that it was only for paying customers. When the men sat down in the store without ordering anything, the manager decided to call the police. When the police arrived at the establishment, the two men were arrested for trespassing as the friend that they were waiting for arrived at the store. This viral video has triggered many different reactions. Members of Black Lives Matter PA held a rally outside of Starbucks and some protesters even went inside the store to confront the manager. Celebrities and politicians have also been calling for action, including Kevin Hart and Jim Kenney, who are both Philadelphia natives. After apologizing for the incident, Starbucks’ CEO, Kevin Johnson, announced that all stores will be closed on May 29, 2018, for racial-bias education.
Think about all the people you work with. Do they all look the same? Do they have the exact same beliefs? Probably not. Over the years, the demographics of the American workforce have changed dramatically. Before, the workforce was comprised of mostly white males, whereas today, we are able to see a mix of genders, race, religion, age, and so on. Diversity is probably one of the most common buzzwords that make employers nervous. Why? Because nowadays, it seems that diversity is wrapped up in legalities and controversial issues, making it a hard topic of discussion.
Discrimination in the workplace has become a common topic over the past few years.HR professionals are probably already aware of all the types of discrimination that can occur in the workplace, including age, disability, harassment, national origin, pregnancy, religion, disability, sex, and more. It is important to know how to deal with this if there is ever discrimination happening in your company. Being knowledgeable about the laws that protect your employees and knowing what is going on in your company are ideal places to start when dealing with discrimination. Here are some tips HR managers should follow when dealing with discrimination in the workplace:
Diversity in the workplace includes different elements. When people think about diversity what comes to mind is age, ethnicity, gender, cultural background, etc., but there is a lot more to having a diverse workplace than hiring people who fit into these “categories”. Diversity is not only about how people perceive themselves, but also how they perceive those around them, which in return affects their interactions. Companies need to embrace diversity because it can eventually lead to greater productivity. Having a diverse workforce will require managers and supervisors to review their management practices and come up with new approaches to manage certain people. Having diversity in the workplace has many advantages and disadvantages that are important to keep in mind.