Posted by: healingtheworkplace | January 19, 2013

Diversity for the Twenty First Century

Hi there! 

Back in the 1960s and 1970s diversity was the new “buzzword”.  At that time women, people of color, and the disabled were often discriminated against.  Because of this they were not hired for many jobs and if they were hired they were never promoted.

The 1960’s was a time of high ideals and a vision of a better future for all of humankind. This vision was reflected in Martin Luther King’s famous speech I Have a Dream in which he spoke about equality for everyone.

As people’s awareness grew the interest in stamping out discrimination also grew.

In the early days progressive organizations and governments encouraged affirmative action and equal opportunity programs for those who were in danger of being discriminated against because of their race, color, gender, ability etc.

We’ve come a long way since the 1960s and 1970s. Blatant discrimination is no longer tolerated although more subtle types of discrimination still exist. Many organizations are now focused on hiring the best people and creating workplace cultures that are respectful.

Over the years the definition of discrimination has changed to reflect how our society has changed.

Recently I came across the following definition of diversity on the internet:

“Diversity means accepting, understanding, and valuing differences among individuals.”

It is not easy though. Even in the most enlightened workplaces there is conflict, jealousy, gossiping, manipulation, etc.

We are only human after all and our individual differences sometimes get in the way.

Diversity is now the norm!  The workplace of the 1960s no longer exists. Today diversity can mean any characteristic or trait that distinguishes you from another colleague.

So, my advice to you, “Learn to be tolerant and respectful.” This is not always easy to do and we all need practice!

I want to leave you with a quote from the bible:  Do unto to others as you would have them do to you! Luke: 6:31

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  2. Here is a paraphrasing of the “Golden Rule” (The Ethic of Reciprocity) as it is found in the writings of 13 different faith traditions. This is such a great starting point for becoming aware of our similaries so that we can celebrate our differences.
    http://www.scarboromissions.ca/Golden_rule/sacred_texts_en.php

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    • Hi John, This is a WordPress blog so I’m not sure why it is so sluggish…I’ll write to admin and ask them. Thanks for your feedback. L

  4. Thanks Dave for reminding us that the teachings found in the Bible are also found in the teachings of most (all?) of the other faith traditions. L


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