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The Impact of Diversity on Human Resources Entering the new millennium businesses throughout America faced a new challenge Analysts believed that this new challenge would have a powerful impact on our future as a productive society However few American businesses seemed adequately prepared to deal with the new challenge-the increasing cultural diversity of the American workforce OnlineDiversity Today the challenges and potential opportunities posed by employee diversity in the American workplace are a growing reality Since 1970 the number of women in the labor force has doubled In 1990 they constituted 46 of the workforce In 1985 people of color made up 13 and by 1988 that percentage had risen to 18 During the next decade women and people of color are expected to fill 75 of the twenty plus million jobs created in the United States By the year 2010 white men will account for less than 40 of the total American labor force In addition diversity in age ethnic heritage physical ability religious belief sexual orientation and work and educational background are also increasing in the workplace as American society continues to become more culturally segmented Loden Rosner 3 In Workforce America Loden and Rosner describes the reaction of a new hire for upper management who has been out of the workforce for a few years at a consumer products company when he enters a boardroom for a planned meeting The date is April 10 2000 The meeting has been called by four senior officers and is to include several executives from the marketing department The new hire enters the executive conference room and observes ten people seated at the long table chatting informally waiting for the meeting to begin As he scans the room he thinks wait a minuteKIm a the wrong meeting Turning to leave he notices a gentleman standing by the doorway he assumes because of the gentlemans demeanor and dress that he must be in charge
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