Chapter 5IdentitiesWho We Are, and Why That Matters

DOI: 10.4324/9780367808884-7

EMPLOYEES come from different backgrounds, bringing with them existing identities based in previous life experience. In the context of DEI, identity means self-image or sense of who one is. As people continue working in an organization, they develop or modify aspects of identity based on such things as assignments, interactions and comparisons with others, developmental experiences (e.g., training), length of employment, or location in the organizational structure. Identity may be personal, meaning one's sense of traits, physical attributes, skills, and other characteristics. Or, identity may be social, based in feelings of relationship to others. These social ...

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