7 Lessons an Employee Should Learn About Diversity

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Often times, we have prejudices that we are unwilling to acknowledge. Back in the old days, it was easy to acknowledge prejudices and find plenty of people who could be your friend. These days, admitting many types of prejudice is taboo. This does not mean we do not have prejudice. It just means we hold onto it more quietly and deceptively. There are many kinds of prejudice. Retaining them can mean financial ruin and loneliness. Letting go of all of them will put you on pare with the smartest and wealthiest people in the world. We will go through them.

1. Racism – When most people hear the word diversity, they usually associate it with race. Their feelings about diversity usually vary with their feelings about race. To clarify matters, all humans are similar enough that they can biologically mate and produce viable offspring. This means that they are technically members of the same species or family. Some might ponder where major differences come from. So called major differences such as skin color and eye shape actually have to do with little genetic difference. Skin color is mostly affected by natural limits on melanin production by the skin. Melanin is a chemical we all have. How much we can produce is inherited from our ancestors. Eye shape is determined by how much fat we have around our eye. We all have some fat. Some have more, and some have less. The same is true for skin quality and oiliness.

2. AgeismAgeism is the irrational prejudice toward members of your species who are younger, older, or equal in age to yourself. This can wreak havoc if you only learn from people who are your preferred group. Many forms of ageism include young against old, and old against young. Both demographics would benefit from learning from the other.

3. Personality Discrimination – Many workplaces are set up by people with a certain preferred personality. This cabal of similar minds excludes those different from their own mental state. Naturally, their organization suffers from the extreme strengths and weaknesses of the minds of their members.

4. Religious Discrimination – Many of the major religious (and irreligious) groups have strong beliefs which foment conflict whenever they try to interact with each other. They then isolate themselves in mutually dogmatic social silos. Avoid discriminating against coworkers, managers, and subordinates because of their different values about religion. They may be able to teach you something.

5. Classism – Classism is avoiding interacting with people below, equal to, or above you in social status. This also is bad. Often, are best chance at promotion is assisting those on the next rung of the ladder. And our best chance at demotion comes from refusing to assist those under and around us.

6. Sexism – Sexism is irrationally discriminating against members of the same or opposite sex in social treatment. This is unacceptable, and can lead to you getting fired.

7. Narcissism – Narcissism is irrationally believing that your own beliefs and opinions are somehow superior to all those around you. It is the root of all prejudice. Avoid it, and your IQ will grow immeasurably. So will your income.