Application: Accepting Cultural Differences in the Workplace

Application: Accepting Cultural Differences in the Workplace

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 practices.


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 below.

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 Integrity12(2), 173–183.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Strate, J. M., Jung, T. H., & Leidlein, J. (2009). Sexual harassment! Public Integrity12(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.