It’s an agreed upon strong opinion that schools don’t offer enough African American or Black education, if certain particular schools offer any at all, which is the huge issue. Lack of education and lacking education about a certain group of peoples not only negatively affects us socially, but economically as well.
Diversity in the workplace- race, cultural, gender, religious- includes people from all different backgrounds working together. It can be difficult working with someone or others who come from a different background just because you were raised differently; given different values and morals by family, friends, and your environment; and just overall you see the world differently depending on which end of the world you’re from or live at so many times working or befriending people from another background can be taxing.
But if you can get over how difficult it can or may be to blend cultures or different backgrounds with working then you can or will make a difference in the workplace. Diversity does make a difference in the workplace, bringing depth of abilities and skills to a company- which allows these particular businesses to better compete in a globalized world that technology has definitely had a monumental role in boosting a closer world.
By embracing diversity, small businesses make all employees feel welcome, foster a positive moral, and utilize any individual perspectives and experiences of the employees. It would highly benefit the company to become more diverse; studies have shown that diversity produces a higher profit than those companies who lack diversity. Sociologist Cedric Herring completed a study with data from 250 representative companies in the U.S. that reviewed both their diversity levels as well as various measures of business performance as reported in an NPR interview. Herring found that with every successive level of increased diversity, companies appear to do better on all measures of business performance. One example, Herring found that with every successive level of increased diversity, companies appear to do better on all measures of business performance. For example, if there are two groups of people, and one is all white and another is composed of people from different races and each must solve the same cognitive challenges, the group that's all white thinks differently and reaches different conclusions than the group that is diverse, Herring explains. Being in a diverse group helps employees think more broadly and inclusively to find more creative solutions.
Diversity is no longer only simply a matter of creating a heterogeneous workforce, but utilizing that particular workforce to innovate and give it a competitive advantage over the rest in the marketplace. Diversity is a concentrated effort and investment that certain successful companies are making strong efforts to put into practice and maintain.
A barrier to diversity or a healthy diverse work environment is lack of communication or failure to communicate effectively, which can be remedied by helping or assisting corporate leaders recognize unconscious biases that they may harbor.
According to Diversity, Inc., the top 50 companies that have the most diversity, have 76% more Blacks, Latinos, and Asians on their boards of directors than the Fortune 500. The top most diverse companies also have 16.6% more Blacks, Latinos, and Asians in the top level (CEO or direct leaders) than the Fortune 500; and 14 times more CEOs who are Black, Latino, or Asian than the Fortune 500.
So if diversity is so good then why aren’t Tech companies in a hurry to hire Black people? Could it just be that many of these engineers or tech savvy men are recent non-Black college graduates who haven’t spent any time in a diverse atmosphere, or is it that many of these professionals have never spent time either socially or in class with any African American or Black students, or professional peers. Separation has been and still remains a key influence in America; countless Americans or people don’t desire to bridge a gap to the other group of race or culture, but what is needed would be empathy, education, and understanding of one another. Fine, who cares if you befriend someone from another background, nobody really cares, but it helps to downplay the ignorance when you have at least some real knowledge of another group. Therefore when the situation presents itself these young tech professionals won’t be skeptical that African American or Black applicants lack technical smarts or genius.
With a solid foundation of real education about another group there will be an understanding that African Americans or Black people can not only perform the specific job, but perform it against a critical high-demanding schedule too. A non-Black man will get hired in a split second, so why is that, and how did the negative and wrong perception of African Americans or Black people not being able to perform as well as another fellow man come to be? Black persons, the Black community, or Black groups all have correct answers that derive from varied histories, and if you are a true student of history (and not just your own) then you would have figured those issues out by now. Just maybe that lesson could go for your personal life as well, just need a tad more education, and that noggin would stretch a little farther into empathy.
Let’s remember there’s a strong history of African American men or Black men in Law and Medicine fields, and many other high-profile respected fields but the Black community will not accept anything but the best, and the best is not yet finished.