Diversity and Harassment in Pakistan
Now days in workplace Diversity and harassment are the root cause of several other major issues like depression, demotivate, dissatisfaction, suicide attack, inefficiency.
Diversity in the workplace is vital for employees because it manifests itself in building a great reputation for the company, leading to increased profitability and opportunities for workers. Workplace diversity is important within the organization as well as outside. Those organization which implements diversity in their workforce have probably less turnover then those organization that don’t.
Harassment destroys the reputation, and environment of the organization. If there are certain cases arise due to harassment then no one wants to be the part of that organization. The most cases of harassment are concerned with women but in Pakistani culture women are bounded by their families because the environment of the organization is against their cultural norm and values.
There are already certain policies and laws that are been made to overcome these issues but organizations do not spread the awareness between employees during orientation and training. Some organizations communicate the policies but they do not implement it when situation comes. In some cases there is involvement of higher authority holders or the head of anti-harassment committee.
Mutual Respect among Employees
Workplace diversity fosters mutual respect among employees. Whether employees work in groups or teams comprised of co-workers with varied work styles, disabilities or who represent different cultures or generations, a synergistic work environment becomes the norm.
Job Promotion and Employee Development
The appeal of global markets creates two kinds of opportunities for employees: opportunities for promotion and employee development. A global marketplace opens doors for employees of different ages, physical and mental abilities, and ethnic backgrounds to build global profit centers.
How does stereotyping affect the workplace environment?
Stereotyping is making judgments about people based on person’s gender, culture, religious and physical attributes. When people are happy to come to work, feel respected and safe, they are more likely to perform better. There is higher job satisfaction, improved work interaction leading to creative solutions and less anxiety.
Author: Ghulam Raza, Mubeen Ahmed