Accepting Cultural Differences in the Workplace

Week 4 Assignment

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Application: Accepting Cultural Differences in the Workplace

Demographic shift, including shifts in the racial and ethnic
populations, impact the composition of the labor force. For example,
there has been an increase in the number of women, people of color,
average age of workers, immigrant workers, and in the number of
part-time and temporary workers in the contemporary labor force. In
addition, the shifts in the racial and ethnic make-up of the workforce
bring issues of cultural differences and practices. In response to these
shifts, government and non-profit organizations need to develop and
implement a broad range of diversity initiatives, program, and

For this Assignment, review this week’s Resources. Review Chapter 4 of Human Resources Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations and
focus on the areas of human resource management that must take
diversity into account. Review the articles by Guy and Strate, et al.
Pay particular attention to the challenges of managing workplace
diversity. Consider how specific areas of human resource management
(e.g., legal, hiring, training, employee relations) need to account for
diversity. Review Exercise 4.2 “Tattoos in the Workplace” (p. 133) in
the course text and consider the two questions in the exercise.

The Assignment:

  • Explain the challenges and opportunities related to addressing diversity needs in government and non-profit organizations.
  • Explain the right of employers to set parameters regarding acceptable appearance standards.
  • Describe the issues that might arise when considering the possibility of instituting appearance standards.

Be sure to support your Assignment with specific references to the resources and other current literature in the Walden Library. Use at least three scholarly sources from the library that were published within the past five years to support your paper.

Your Assignment must demonstrate both breadth and depth of knowledge
and critical thinking appropriate to graduate-level scholarship. It must
follow APA Publication Manual guidelines and be free of
typographical, spelling, and grammatical errors. The assignment should
be 3–4 pages in length (double-spaced), not including the title page,
abstract, and references.

Week 4 Learning Resources

This page contains the Learning Resources for this week. Be sure to
scroll down the page to see all of this week’s assigned Learning
Resources. To access select media resources, please use the media player

Required Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.


  • Pynes, J. E. (2013). Human resources management for public and nonprofit organizations: A strategic approach (4th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
    • Chapter 4, “Managing a Diverse Workforce” (pp. 111–135)
  • Guy, M. E. (2010). When diversity makes a difference. Public Integrity, 12(2), 173–183.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Strate, J. M., Jung, T. H., & Leidlein, J. (2009). Sexual harassment! Public Integrity, 12(1), 61–76.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.


  • Laureate Education (Producer). (2014). Human resource management [Video file]. Retrieved from
    • “Diversity” with Ed Drumm, Corporate Vice President, Laureate Education, Inc.

      Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 13 minutes.

Please proceed to the Discussion.

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