In many organizations, employers ought to use professional and acceptable policies that can help employees feel accepted in their workplace, regardless of their education, language, or religion. Being apart of an atmosphere where professional behavior is expected helps to create a respectful working environment amongst each other. Like many American workplaces, each employee is expected to be responsible for knowing, understanding, and abiding by the highest possible standards of professionalism set for him. The organizations should serve to remind each employee of his role in supporting a productive workplace. Regardless of where you work or what you do, it is very important that you set a good example for where you are serving. Not only are you serving those around you but also much more who may be affected by your productivity. When you make sure that your behavior is meeting the company’s code of conducts, you are preparing yourself to succeed in your job. Employees sign agreements upon employment when choosing to abide by their company policy and standards. Those that violate any standard policy will face consequences. If an employee is put in a situation where a policy might be of no use, it should be brought up to management so that it can be handled properly.
From The New York Times article of Inside Amazon, Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld state, “At Amazon, workers are held to standards that the company boasts are unreasonably high.” It is with a sad belief that workers are encouraged to be secretive behind each other’s back through sabotaging or tearing down each other’s ideas in meetings. With such a high demand for proficiency and so much stress, the average Amazon worker lasts for a few years. Amazon’s top recruit, Susan Harker said, “When you’re shooting for the moon, the nature of the work is really challenging. For some people, it doesn’t work.” Amazon is a company that strives to do really big, innovative, groundbreaking work. If you cannot meet the demands needed by the company, you will not be satisfied nor enjoy your job. It should be no surprise if you see people weeping in their offices. It is a common sight to see grown adults covering their faces or crying at their desks.
Education is not only used for employment but also in everyday living. Although it may be recognized in some organizations, it is highly needed towards other non-work related aspects. All working fields consist of many employees who have different, educational backgrounds. Before an offer of employment, some jobs may require an education qualification. Those that meet the criteria would then be selected to go forward in the hiring process. Not all of those who are most successful in their careers may consume an ivy-league degree, certificates of accomplishments, or any college experience at all. In fact, there are many who obtain degrees that are either middle or lower class. Many people who are classified as a higher, employment position could just have complimentary, talented work ethics. However, when one steps into work atmosphere, he should not feel like he will be treated poorly if he lacks no education background neither any college degrees compared to those who possess them. Everyone, regardless of his educational background, should be treated fairly.
Employers can recognize each individual that have unique, education backgrounds. They should support all employees who have the potential to acquire knowledge of the skills needed. Career opportunities and growth should never be hindered due to different abilities. Everybody has the strength to achieve their own goal that they set. One should not get to promote faster and higher just because he may appear more “book smart” than his colleague. Everyone should have to work for what they want. Nothing is given. Everything is earned. Ellen Goodman writes in The Company Goodman about Phil who was a workaholic. He was one of six vice-presidents and one of three who would conceivably – if the president died or retired soon enough – move to the top spot. He was considered for the spot because he worked like the ‘important people.’ He worked six days a week, five of them until eight or nine at night, during a time when his own company had begun the four-day week for everyone but the executives. Phil worked himself to achieve the goal that he wanted, even if that meant no outside life from work for his own self. He prioritized work before family, friends, and his health. Sadly, he died before reaching his goal.
In an American work organization, it is likely that there will be a diverse group of people with all kinds of ethnic backgrounds, who may speak a 2nd or 3rd language. Managers and employers have the responsibility to affirmatively determine where language differences in the workplace can be accommodated and where they cannot. There should be set policies for those who wish to speak a different language aside from the universal language being used at work. It is respectful and considerate of others around to feel included, so that no conflicts are being created. No employee should have to be near a conversation going on in a language that he cannot understand. It would only create wonder what is being said which could then cause accusations that may not be true.
In the story of How to Tame a Wild Tongue, Gloria Anzaldua writes, “Chicano Spanish sprang out of the Chicano’s need to identify ourselves as a distinct people. We needed a language with which we could communicate with ourselves, a secret language.” It was probably most comfortable for Chicanos to speak their primary language amongst each other rather than their 2nd language. Just like in a workplace, those who have a 1st language that is not English, would also feel more comfortable speaking their primary language every chance they get to. It is a language they know fluently and can communicate faster, effectively. A suggestion to the work policy would be that the primary, a universal language should always be used ‘on the clock.’ The 2nd language can be allowed ‘off the clock.’ Developing a series of improved communication training sessions for all employees would be a great tool. Many will treat others the way they want to be treated. So if everyone comes to agreement on only using a universal language during work hours, everyone will be on the same page.
Employers are required to accommodate the religious beliefs and practices of applicants and employees. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion. This includes refusing to accommodate an employee’s sincerely held religious beliefs or practices. Title VII defines religion very broadly. It includes traditional, organized religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. It also includes religious beliefs that are new or uncommon, not a formal church or sect, which is only held by a small number of people. If management is religious themselves, they should not be biased in favoring only those of the same faith. Employers should respect everyone equally who come from religious backgrounds.
Employees should not be afraid to request for exceptions to their employer’s rules and policies when honoring their religious beliefs or practices. Employers should grant religious accommodations. Americans have the right to be free from a government-imposed religion along with the right to practice any religion they want too. There will be non-intentional clashes amongst coworkers. There may be criticism between employees who do not share the same faith. It should be vital that proper training is given to employees when possible discussions of religion come up. Employees should be encouraged to accept those with religious differences. The work environment should feel like a safe place to be at. Everyone should be respected equally, no matter what religion they believe in.
All workplaces will feature individuals with many, different identities wanting to be apart of an environment where they are accepted regardless of their education, language, or religion. In order to create a respectful and teamwork atmosphere, everyone would have to come to an agreement on how to treat each other equally. That can be done through proper training from management and cooperatives about the company’s policies and standards. Most people will treat others the way they want to be treated. Not only will acceptance of others bring unity together but also a better productivity at work. If everyone is on the same page with the same flow, everything should run smoothly. If there are conflicts and issues that need to be resolved, it is never wrong to seek help or speak up.