IDS 400 6-2 Activity - Reflection - Society

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HRM 225 Module Two Assignment - HR Inbox Southern New Hampshire University September 10, 2023
Inequality in the workplace is a mainstream issue that can be evaluated and researched through various general education lenses. I opted to view this topic using the history lens because our past paves the way for the future. Before we can move ahead, we must critically analyze the past to identify mistakes or mishaps so as not to repeat them. Had this topic been scoped through a sociological viewpoint, societal relationships and the depth of human interactions pertaining to the gender pay gap would have been magnified. Had I selected another lens, I may have opted to bring forthcoming viewpoints using the social science lens. The social science lens is the study of society and how people relate to one another. In other words, it is simply the study of relationships within society. Through this lens, we could evaluate the relationship between men and women in the workplace and drill down more precisely to the same roles within an organization and the evident and similar variations, if applicable. Analyzing diversity adds value as we interact with people because it broadens our scope of the world to realize we are the same, yet different. It encompasses opportunities to learn new methods and ideas, which may allow for the expansion of experiences as time progresses. While many of us are conscious of the three mainstream diversity categorizations, race, gender, and class, there are many others that are currently the focus in large organizations. Age, physical abilities, religion, sexual orientation, and more recently, gender identity, are listed as the top categories (Casteel, 2023). I find that I am thinking about how I refer to individuals I converse with and interact with others, especially through email at work. Most I have never met as they are customers, and I only communicate in written format passing along written content from our sales and senior leadership team members. I am essentially a middle person, but since I am not sure if the recipient is female, male, trans, or prefers to identify as another gender than my initial assumption based on their name, I tend to eliminate any referent to he, she, him, or her. I think
about conversing with another person named "Kelly" that may not be female. I just don't know. And while the majority of the people named "Kelly" that I have personally known have been female, I did go to school with a male "Kelly", which reminds me, especially in the workplace, I just need to be careful because assuming someone's gender is highly frowned upon in today's society. It is definitely a shift in thinking and takes conscious effort with each communication; verbal and written. At home, I am equally careful because gender identity is so prevalent in the school district that my children attend. My eighth-grade daughter is very forthright and will correct me immediately if I refer to a friend that she has attained with incorrect pronouns. This was challenging for quite a while because the kids were literally changing their pronouns every couple of weeks. One week my own daughter would refer to herself as she/her, but then it would change, and she would advise me it is they/them. It's back to the she/her now but who knows how long it will last. Actively practicing not using pronouns when referring to a person regardless at home or at work, is a new behavior for me. But in today's society, as relationships are concerned, it is important. This course has helped me understand the role of diversity in society and reminded me, we are not where we should be as of yet. Unconscious bias is very prevalent and bringing awareness, or consciousness to our bias, is aiding a corrective course of action. This is the only way we can empirically improve diversity and include all walks of life on Earth. I do believe we have made great efforts and see things from a different dimension than before. But we are not done learning and improving. This course has opened my eyes, and I have been able to assess my own shortcomings on the topic and be more aware when engaging with others; people I know and those I do not but may encounter in passing. My curiosity has peeked and I look forward to
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