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The Essential Workplace Conflict Handbook by Cornelia Gamlem, Carol Vallone

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CHAPTER 2WHY CAN’T EVERYONE BE LIKE ME?

Cultural diversity and inclusion thrives when people with unique perspectives work together to achieve common goals.

—Candice Bernhardt

Diversity in the workplace really isn’t anything new. The workforce of the past may have appeared homogeneous, but diversity was present. During the past several decades as society has become more mobile and workplace demographics have changed, we’ve become more aware of diversity. Beyond changing demographics, diversity includes those biological, physical, environmental, and cultural differences that differentiate us from others, and that distinguish us as individuals or groups of individuals.

Each of us possesses many unique characteristics that are often described as ...

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