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Dealing with Workplace Diversity

Diversity Quiz

Dr. Ellen Guffey's Diversity Quiz will help you gain awareness and appreciation for the range of diversity one can find in the workplace.

A Monochronic- Polychronic Self Test

This test references Edward T. Hall's concept of monochronic and polychronic perspectives on time. It is available as a free download on the Innovations International Home Page.

Ten steps for communicators to boost organizational diversity. Allan Kunigis. Communication World, April-May 1997 v14 n5 p11(2).

Work force diversity is an important business issue. As exemplified by Texaco, failure to address this matter could lead to expensive lawsuits and diminished public image. Other effects may include low employee morale and loyalty, high turnover, and poor productivity. Communication professionals in
companies should play a role in boosting organizational diversity. InfoTrac.

Diversity, perceptions of equity, and communicative openness in the workplace. Deloris McGee Wanguri. The Journal of Business Communication, Oct 1996 v33 n4 p443(15).

Openness about issues of diversity is encouraged as a solution of perceived inequalities. InfoTrac.

Moving communication across cultures. Tom Geddie. Source: Communication World, April-May 1999 v16 i5 p37(4).

An informal survey of 32 members of the International Association of Business Communicators identifies the biggest communication issues faced by the respondents' organizations. The most often cited communication challenge is found to be understanding and dealing with diversity, with 50% of the
respondents pointing to the diversity of their audiences.

The Downside Of Diversity. Angela Pirisi. Psychology Today, Nov 1999 v32 i6 p18.

More and more companies are asking employees to leave the isolation of their cubicles to collaborate with co-workers, spawning innovative ideas, increased productivity--and, surprisingly, friction.


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