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Elsabe Printers employ more males than females. Their building does not have facilities for people who use wheelchairs. English is the only medium of communication allowed in the workplace, despite the fact that some employees do not understand or speak it. 

  1. Identify TWO diversity issues referred to in the scenario above and motivate your answer. 
  2. Recommend TWO ways in which EP should deal with each of the diversity issues identified in QUESTION 1   

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1. Diversity issues.

Issue: Gender/Inequality

Motivation: EP employs more males than females.

Issue: Disability/Physically challenged/People living with disability.

Motivation: Their building does not have facilities for people who use wheelchairs/with disabilities.

Issue: Language

Motivation: English is the only medium of communication allowed/Some employees cannot speak and/or understand it. 

2. Dealing with identified diversity issues in the workplace Gender/Inequality.

  •  Males and females should be offered equal employment opportunities.
  • EP's directors should promote both men and women in managerial positions.
  • Women should be employed to comply with EEA.
  • Targets may be set for gender equity in the business.
  • New appointments should be based on skills and ability.
  • Introduce affirmative action by ensuring that male/female employees are remunerated fairly/equally.

Disability/Physically challenged/People living with disability 

  •  EP should provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • Accommodate people with disabilities by providing facilities/ramps for wheel- chairs.
  • Ensure that workers with special needs are not marginalised/feel excluded from workplace activities.
  •  EP should be well informed with how to deal with disabled employees.
  • Policies and programs should accommodate the needs of people with disabilities.
  • Create an organisational culture and climate that is conducive for people with disabilities.
  • Employees should be trained to deal with colleagues with disabilities.
  • EP should bring in external experts to help with disability and accommodation issues.
  • Ensure that employees with disabilities are treated fairly.
  • Focus on skills/work performance of the disabled worker, rather than his/her disability/possible problems he/she may pose in future.
Language 
  • EP may specify that all communications must be in one specific language only and would expect employees to have a certain level of fluency in that language.
  • Provide training in the official language of the business.
  • It may sometimes be necessary to employ an interpreter so that everyone can fully understand what is being said in a meeting.
  • All business contracts should be in easy-to-understand language and should be available in the language of choice for the relevant parties signing.
  • No worker should feel excluded in meetings conducted in one language only.

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