Within a workplace, there is the potential for several individual cultures to be combined and create a cumulative new culture. Typically, this is similar to the dominant culture within the workplace. Culture can be defined as “the cumulative deposit of knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, attitudes, meanings, hierarchies, religion, notions of time, roles, spatial relations, concepts of the universe, and material objects and possessions acquired by a group of people in the course of generations through individual and group striving” (Culture definition, n.d.). This definition is important in order to understand the inclusion of a dominant culture within a workplace.
Based on the above definition, the dominant culture in my workplace includes an overall positive attitude paired with a very liberal set of beliefs. My workplace is comprised of six minority workers and ten Caucasian workers. The dominant culture, however, is liberal because five of the 16 workers are heterosexual; the others are homosexual. This does not mean that our dominant culture is homosexual; however, it does mean that our beliefs and acceptance of different lifestyle choices and behaviors is definitely more liberal than in other companies. These characteristics identify the overall dominant culture in my workplace because without acceptance and a liberal mind-set, it would be impossible to thrive.
Aside from the homosexual cultures, we also have Mexican and Persian minority workers that bring in their own set of values and primary spoken language. All employees speak English, but my workplace must combine these minority cultures into the culture of the workplace to ensure that all employees are made welcome, appreciated and interact appropriately with other co-workers. In this sense, people from the minority cultures should embrace their heritage and their culture and not sway from it. In my workplace, the goal is for everyone else to assimilate to them as opposed to the other way around. The only necessary requirement for members of a minority culture is that they are able to effectively speak, read and write the English language. Otherwise, all members of minority cultures are made welcome.
Culture definition. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.tamu.edu/faculty/choudhury/culture.html
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