Individual Difference and Diversity in an Organization

Diversity in an Organization

An organization is made up of individual people from diverse fields and backgrounds. The individual is a central feature of organizational behavior, whether in a group of acting from isolation in response to the expectation of the organization, or as a result of the influences of the external environment.

If there is a conflict between the expectation of an organization and the needs of the individual, there may arise the conflict and result in frustration. So, it is important for management to integrate the achievement of the goal of the organization by meeting the individual’s needs and expectations.

A discussion of individual behavior in an organization is therefore complex and contradictions. Managers have to be competent while selecting the right person for an organization. After the selection also, managers have to assign the right roles and responsibilities suitable for an individual in order to get the maximum output.

How Does Individual Differ?

Our individualism is characterized by various factors. The impact of our early family life and the place where we live has a significant role in our identity. Both inherited and environmental factors are important in our personality development.

Following factors differ us from person to person:

  • Cultural Background
  • Physique
  • Gender
  • Social Factors
  • Sexual Orientation
  • National Culture
  • Attitudes
  • Early Family Experiences
  • Motivation
  • Personality Traits and Types
  • Perception

Some of the above-mentioned characteristics are common in many people, for example, an individual who is from the same ethnic group have the same ability levels. But our uniqueness stems from the dynamic ways in which these inherited and environmental factors combine and interact. The way in which it is possible to differentiate between individuals includes an understanding of personality, the heart of individual differences and the importance and functions of attitudes.

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