Managing Diversity in Organizations : Unit VII Journal, Unit VII Project, Unit VIII Journal, Unit VIII Final Project


Unit VII Journal

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Respond to one of the two options:

Option 1: Thomas is a prominent leader in his organization. Over the past several years, Thomas’ weight has fluctuated from morbidly underweight to morbidly overweight and back to morbidly underweight. The organization has given Thomas a performance improvement plan due to attendance issues resulting from concerns of the weight fluctuations. Thomas has consulted with an attorney regarding whether there is possible discrimination occurring by the organization. Do you think the organization is discriminating against Thomas? If you were the employer and you were truly concerned about Thomas, how would you handle this situation? Is a performance improvement plan appropriate here? Why, or why not?

Option 2: Sally and Roger have worked as a team in their organization for several years. Sally is age 64. Roger is age 67. Both are in fair health. Roger has type II diabetes and takes heart medication. Sally is a cancer survivor from 10 years ago with no recurrences. The team has made significant revenue for the company over the last 40 years, independently and collectively. The company does not have a written policy regarding mandatory retirement at age 65. Both Sally and Roger have slowed in their productivity though perform well above expectations by the organizational standard set. At the recent annual performance evaluation, Sally was encouraged by her boss (an owner in the organization) to look to retirement due to her increased health issues. Roger was encouraged to retire due to his work slowing down and increased errors in his judgement. Such issues had never been mentioned before. Do you think there is a viable case for discrimination regarding health and disability? Do you think there is a case of ageism to be considered regarding the organization and the owner? If you were the employer, how would you handle these issues?

Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.

Unit VII Project


Age Demographics, Executive Summary, and Compile Project

The Fig Technologies Executive Leadership Council (ELC) has asked you to compile a report regarding the age demographics within the organization. Your findings are that employees between the ages of 18 to 25 comprise 11% of the workforce, employees 26 to 39 comprise 31%, employees 35 to 55 comprise 34%, employees 56 to 69 compose 18%, and the remainder are age 69 and above. You have been asked to compile a report regarding the advantages and disadvantages of developing a younger workforce in both professional and nonprofessional positions as well as for older employees 65 and above. Be sure to discuss age legislation and how this will affect any decisions the company may face. You must include a minimum of one outside resource for this component. This component of the report should be one to two pages included into the final report.

The second part of this assignment is to submit the comprehensive research that you have compiled throughout your consulting contract over the past seven units. You are to provide a comprehensive report of the previous studies. Please add an executive summary of the steps for improving organizational diversity to the report being submitted to the ELC. The executive summary should be approximately half of a page. The report is the compilation of the previous project assignments. Please review these assignments, making any corrections based on instructor feedback. Add any transitions along with headers and sub-headers. Specific headings and sections should include the following:

  • Executive Summary,
  • Fair Treatment of Ethnicities,
  • Benefits of Organizational Diversity,
  • Improving Organizational Culture,
  • Gender and Work-Life Balance, and
  • Age Demographics.

Your comprehensive report should include a title page and reference page. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations. All references and citations used must be in APA style.

Unit VIII Journal


The past eight units have provided a wealth of information regarding diversity within organizations. How will you use this information and knowledge and apply it to your current and future work?

Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.

Unit VIII Final Project 


In Unit VII, the comprehensive report was presented to the Fig Technologies Executive Leadership Council (ELC). You have the option to create a video OR PowerPoint presentation that summarizes your findings based on the comprehensive report. In the presentation of your findings, be sure to describe advances in organizational diversity developed from legislation, and explain paradigm shifts in the Fig Technologies organizational environment from increased diversity legislation. Include citations and references from at least three sources used in your presentation (these may be from the earlier components).

The video option should be three to five minutes in length, using a YouTube channel or equivalent. Include charts or graphics as necessary to effectively present your findings. If choosing this option, upload a document with the link to your video and a transcript of your video. The document should also include a reference list and citations.

While sources and information from previous assignments are appropriate sources to inform and guide the development of the video or PowerPoint, this assignment requires original content that demonstrates mastery and understanding of the course material. Do not simply copy and paste any portions from previous assignments.

The PowerPoint option should consist of a 10-12 slide presentation (not including the title and reference slides) with proper APA formatting. Include charts or graphics as necessary to effectively present your findings.

Click here to view a PDF that covers the basics of using PowerPoint.

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