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Assignment 1: Discussion—Diversity and Age

You have just received an e-mail from one of your team members expressing concern about the lack of cultural balance in your team. The team member feels that she has fewer opportunities to train compared to her younger peers and that her ideas are often disregarded by others since they assume that she is not well-informed regarding technology or strategy.

You are initially surprised on reading this e-mail, given that you have a team that seems ethnically diverse. However, the team member is concerned because she is fifty-two years old, while the age of the next oldest person on the team is thirty-nine. When you really look at your team, the average age is thirty-four. Given this information, you note cultural differences based on generational factors that could be pertinent. These should be addressed to help the team work in a more cohesive and productive manner.

Based on the above scenario, using the module readings, Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet, respond to the following:

  • Training is one of the ways you can address cultural issues; however, do you think it is necessary in this case?
  • What would your diversity training look like? Provide details on the time, format, and topics covered.
  • What resources would you use, and what issues would you address (if any) with human resources? Would you take any other actions in addition to training?

By Thursday, July 23, 2015, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through Monday, July 27, 2015, review and comment on at least two peers’ responses.

Write your initial response in 300–500 words. Your response should be thorough and address all components of the discussion question in detail, include citations of all sources, where needed, according to the APA Style, and demonstrate accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation

Do the following when responding to your peers:

  • Read your peers’ answers.
  • Provide substantive comments by
    • contributing new, relevant information from course readings, Web sites, or other sources;
    • building on the remarks or questions of others; or
    • sharing practical examples of key concepts from your professional or personal experiences
  • Respond to feedback on your posting and provide feedback to other students on their ideas.
  • Make sure your writing
    • is clear, concise, and organized;
    • demonstrates ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and
    • displays accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Grading Criteria

Assignment Components
Max Points

Initial response was:

  • Insightful, original, accurate, and timely.
  • Substantive and demonstrated advanced understanding of concepts.
  • Compiled/synthesized theories and concepts drawn from a variety of sources to support statements and conclusions.
16

Discussion Response and Participation:

  • Responded to a minimum of two peers in a timely manner.
  • Offered points of view supported by research.
  • Asked challenging questions that promoted discussion.
  • Drew relationships between one or more points in the discussion.
16

Writing:

  • Wrote in a clear, concise, formal, and organized manner.
  • Responses were error free.
  • Information from sources, where applicable, was paraphrased appropriately and accurately cited.
8
Total:
40

 

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