For many employers workplace diversity can be a challenge. According to Ethnic Majority a company can have a diverse workplace but still have a glass ceiling that prevents minorities from being able to achieve their goals for promotions. A truly diverse workplace is diverse on all levels. It does not mean that there are individuals of many different backgrounds on the lower levels while the upper level management are all one race or gender. Diversity can bring many wonderful aspects to the workplace. Everyone has different experiences and people with different backgrounds often can bring many bonuses to the company. Especially if a company is wanting to expand in new markets it is necessary for a company to understand the markets. Also if a company is going to reach out to global markets it is beneficial to have employees familiar with the cultures of the countries in which business dealings will be made.
Affirmative action is a tool that has been used to try to prevent discrimination in the workplace, but many feel that because of affirmative action the best candidate is not always chosen. This may not be the case but for the individual who does not get hired or promoted it is an easy target for anger. Therefore it is important that an employer screen all applicants equally and ensure that reverse discrimination is not occurring in order to meet the need for diversity. Diversity should benefit the company by allowing talent from all walks of life to share their abilities without being discriminated against or made to feel different. In today’s society it is hoped that we have evolved to a point where individuals are being hired by ability not on looks. Although there will always be incidents where discrimination will occur an employer needs to promote policies to prevent such actions.