by Donna Maria Blancero, Ph.D and Robert G. DelCampo
New research suggests perceived discrimination impacts mentoring relationships and
workplace attitudes. Management studies on ‘minority groups’ in general are lacking, but for Hispanics in particular it is severely lacking. Currently, the population is 13% Hispanic: If we include Puerto Rico in our statistics, there are almost 43 million Latinos in the United States and it is estimated to grow by more than 1.7 million people a year -- this means 5000 people daily!
Politics are an integral part of the world of work, with polital intrique taking place in all organizations, big and small. it is a crucial for those seeking to rise in their career, to be aware of this struggle, what its purpose is, and how it operates. Promotions and the decision to keep you during turbulent times are based as much on loyalty to supervisors and being politically astute, as they are on performance. Staying out of the game is not an option. People of color who want to survive and thrive, must not only learn how to play this game, but master it as well.
No matter what your color, culture, sex, age, or special circumstance, today’s workplace demands that you meet the challenge of succeeding in a diverse workplace. Whatever your individual circumstances, you can be part of the thinking that influences the business mindset if you’re on the inside.
In the past, it wasn't uncommon for an African American woman to be referred to as a “two-fer” -- she counted twice for affirmative-action purposes: once as a woman and again as an African American.With the current challenge to the University of Michigan's use of race as one of several factors in determining admission, affirmative-action policies have been thrust into the spotlight once again. Is there a stigma attached to affirmative action? That depends on whom you ask.