Essay 3: How can Employers use Identity to improve the American Workplace?

In
many organizations, employers ought to use professional and acceptable policies
that can help employees feel accepted in their workplace, regardless of their education, language, or religious beliefs. Being apart of an
atmosphere where professional behavior is expected helps to create a respectful
working environment amongst each other. Like many American workplaces, each
employee is expected to be responsible for knowing, understanding, and abiding
by the highest possible standards of professionalism set for him. The
organizations should serve to remind each employee of his role in supporting a productive
workplace. Regardless of where you work or what you do, it is very important
that you set a good example for where you are serving. Not only are you serving
those around you but also much more who may be affected by your productivity. When
you make sure that your behavior is meeting the company’s code of conducts, you
are preparing yourself to succeed in your job. Employees sign agreements upon
employment when choosing to abide by their company policy and standards. Those
that violate any standard policy will face consequences. If an employee is put
in a situation where a policy might be of no use, it should be brought up to
management so that it can be handled properly.

From
The New York Times article of Inside Amazon,
Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld state, “At Amazon, workers are held to
standards that the company boasts is unreasonably high.” It is a sad
belief that workers are encouraged to be secretive behind each other’s back
through sabotaging or tearing down each other’s ideas in meetings. With such a
high demand for proficiency and so much stress, the average Amazon worker lasts
for a few years. Amazon’s top recruit, Susan Harker said, “When you’re
shooting for the moon, the nature of the work is really challenging. For some
people, it doesn’t work.” Amazon is a company that strives to do
really big, innovative, groundbreaking work. If you cannot meet the demands
needed by the company, you will not be satisfied nor enjoy your job. It should
be no surprise if you see people weeping in their offices. It is a common sight
to see grown adults covering their faces or crying at their desks.

Education is not only used for employment but also
in everyday living. Although it may be recognized in some organizations, it is highly
needed towards other non-work related aspects. All working fields consist of
many employees who have different, educational backgrounds. Before an offer of employment,
some jobs may require an education qualification. Those that meet the criteria
would then be selected to go forward in the hiring process. Not all of those
who are most successful in their careers may consume an ivy-league degree,
certificates of accomplishments, or any college experience at all. In fact,
there are many who obtain degrees that are either middle or lower class. Many
people who are classified as a higher, employment position could just have complimentary,
talented work ethics. However, when one steps into work atmosphere, he should
not feel like he will be treated poorly if he lacks no education background neither
any college degrees compared to those who possess them. Everyone, regardless of
his educational background, should be treated fairly.

Employers
can recognize each individual that have unique, education backgrounds. They
should support all employees who have the potential to acquire knowledge of the
skills needed. Career opportunities and growth should never be hindered due to
different abilities. Everybody has the strength to achieve their own goal that
they set. One should not get to promote faster and higher just because he may appear
more “book smart” than his colleague. Everyone should have to work for what
they want.  Nothing is given. Everything is
earned. Ellen Goodman writes in The Company
Goodman about Phil who was a workaholic. He was one of six vice-presidents and one of three who
would conceivably – if the president died or retired soon enough – move to the
top spot.  He was considered for the spot because he
worked like the ‘important people.’ He worked six days a week,
five of them until eight or nine at night, during a time when his own company
had begun the four-day week for everyone but the executives. Habits
from a young age usually carry onto older age. Phil was probably a hard worker
in school. He couldn’t have just developed his skills during his adult years
overnight. It must have taken him time to reach that ethic skill. Phil worked
himself to achieve the goal that he wanted, even if that meant no outside life
from work for his own self. He prioritized work before family, friends, and his
health. Sadly, he died before reaching his goal.

In
an American work organization, it is likely that there will be a diverse group
of people with all kinds of ethnic backgrounds, who may speak a 2nd
or 3rd language.
Managers and employers have the responsibility to affirmatively determine where
language differences in the workplace can be accommodated and where they
cannot. There should be set policies for those who wish to speak a different language
aside from the universal language being used at work. It is respectful and
considerate of others around to feel included so that no conflicts are being
created. No employee should have to be near a conversation going on in a
language that he cannot understand. It would only create wonder what is being
said which could then cause accusations that may not be true.

In
the story of How to Tame a Wild Tongue,
Gloria Anzaldua writes, “Chicano Spanish sprang out of
the Chicano’s need to identify ourselves as a distinct people. We needed a
language with which we could communicate with ourselves, a secret language.”
It was probably most comfortable for Chicanos to speak their primary
language amongst each other rather than their 2nd language. Just
like in a workplace, those who have a 1st language that is not
English would also feel more comfortable speaking their primary language every
chance they get to. It is a language they know fluently and can communicate
faster, effectively. A suggestion to the work policy would be that the primary,
a universal language should always be used ‘on the clock.’ The 2nd
language can be allowed ‘off the clock.’ Developing a series of improved
communication training sessions for all employees would be a great tool. Many
will treat others the way they want to be treated. So if everyone comes to
agreement on only using a universal language during work hours, everyone will
be on the same page.

Employers
are required to accommodate the religious
beliefs and practices of applicants and employees. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,
the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a federal
law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis
of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion. This includes refusing to
accommodate an employee’s sincerely held religious beliefs or practices.  If employees cannot work certain days due
to religious needs, they should be respected and have those days accommodated.
They should never be ridiculed when standing up for their religious beliefs.
Everyone comes from different backgrounds so there will always be a variety of
differences. If management is religious themselves, they should not be biased
in favor only to those of the same faith. Employers should respect everyone
equally who come from all religious backgrounds.

Employees
should not be afraid to request for exceptions to their employer’s rules and
policies when honoring their religious beliefs or practices. If a female has
modesty standards and wants to wear modest dresses, skirts, or headscarves,
they have the right to ask their management to honor it – if appropriate for
the job description. Americans have the right to be free from a
government-imposed religion along with the right to practice any religion they
want too. Of course, there will be non-intentional clashes amongst coworkers.
There may also be criticism between employees who do not share the same faith.
It should be vital that proper training is given to employees when possible
discussions of religion come up. Employees should be encouraged to accept those
with religious differences. The work environment should feel like a safe place.
Everyone should be respected equally, no matter what religion they believe in.

All
workplaces will feature individuals with many, different identities wanting to
be apart of an environment where they are accepted regardless of their
education, language, or religion. In order to create a respectful and teamwork
atmosphere, everyone would have to come to an agreement on how to treat each
other equally. That can be done through proper training from management and
cooperatives about the company’s policies and standards. Most people will treat
others the way they want to be treated. Not only will acceptance of others
bring unity together but also a better productivity at work. If everyone is on
the same page with the same flow, everything should run smoothly. If there are
conflicts and issues that need to be resolved, it is never wrong to seek help
or speak up.

 

 

 

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