Category: Diversity

The Ethics of Diversity and Occlusion

This was originally published on March 20, 2013 as “Diversity and Occlusion” as a continuing dialog on diversity as an ethical position for company management. Being more of a legal than a moral issue in most instances, there is a search for new grounds to measure these ethics. According to Ayn Rand, “Every aspect of …

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Diversity as an Ethical Imperative

Originally posted on June 6, 2013 as “Creating and Maintaining a Culture of Diversity” and was selected and edited for this series because it touches on so many of the factors that people use as a basis for morality and ethical behavior. A quote from Theodore Roosevelt: “Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, …

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Reviewing This Week on Make HR Happen – Taboo or Not Taboo

This was a difficult series of articles to write. Ultimately I want people to read and discuss hot topics, but these are already worn out from constant discussion. In fact, I plagiarized some of my previous writing and incorporated it in a new scenario: the workplace taboo. While much is known about these topics, I …

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Workplace Taboo Part V – Sex

Simply using the word “Sex” in the title will entice some to check out the article, and others to shun it. In most business cases that word is interchangeable with “gender” which seems to be less offensive to some and more boring to others. Nobody doubts that an adult human being’s sex drive is one …

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Workplace Taboo Part IV – Race and Ethnicity

The mere mentioning of a name that implies ethnicity can prompt stereotypical responses. A classic experiment reported in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology sent email messages to landlords advertising apartment vacancies in Los Angeles County over a ten-week period. Names that implied Arabic, African American, or White ethnicity were attached randomly to these messages …

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