Despite the benefits of diversity, some say it is a “double-edged sword.” Explain why?
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Diversity has very good benefits however it is also contemplated to be that double-edged sword. When I reflect on diversity on one hand, it is known to be beautiful, wondrous, complex, exciting and never boring. In workplaces there are diverse teams and these results to creation of process gains. This is because including people from different backgrounds brings out a good representation of our recent environment complexity hence an increased capacity to comprehend and respond to local preferences. (Dimitriadi, 2014)
However it is also regarded as a double-edged sword because it is known to hamper communication, which may result to conflict among team members this is due to different belief structures and values.
It also causes process losses; most people are only attracted to people who have similar values and attitude like them. Through such social acceptance people get motivated. Workplaces seem to drive out diversity since they believe people who work together are well motivated. The above illustrations bring out how diversity is a double-edged sword. However, I feel that leaders should not hire workers on the foundation of who has the correct fit to the company; it should be with sincerity to diversity and fresh ideas. (Page, 2011)
Dimitriadi, S. (2014). Diversity. SAGE Publications.
Page, S. E. (2011). Diversity and complexity. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press.