Benefits and challenges for minorities
Most English-speaking countries are culturally diverse, with people of many different ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs and language traditions. There are also people in minorities due to their sexual orientations or disability. These minorities may encounter both challenges and positive experiences among diversity.
I believe that one of the most particular challenges for minorities would be prejudices. Minorities such as immigrants often encounter prejudices, because they are different. They may have different believes and language, and people get scared of “the unknown”. Again, this leads to a bad integration and makes it hard for the immigrants to feel like a part of the community.
Another challenge is language barriers, especially at work and school. At these places it is important to understand the tasks and responsibilities and also be able to communicate. Many immigrants who do not have the English-language skills to be successful, may struggle with getting friends and do a good job.
Common for many minorities is unemployment. Text 3, “What is workplace diversity” in the preparation-material, suggest that some Australian organizations might discriminate certain minorities. Numbers from the text shows that only 30 percent Australian organizations employ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and 26 percent employ people with a disability.
Positive experiences: ?
Although there are many challenges the minorities may encounter, there is also positive experiences. Text 2 in the preparation-material is an example of that. At Hydac Technology in Bethlehem, many of the employees come from China, Syria, Vietnam and Spanish-speaking countries. Adrienne M. Beck saw that many of the employees struggled with understanding the language and started English-lessons for the employees. She concluded that/with “For companies that invest the basic English training, there can be significant benefits, including increased worker productivity, reduced accidents and improved loyalty”. I also think that the employees feel grateful and motivated because they experience that that the employer cares about their learning. The English-lessons are also a benefit for the individual employees beside work, because the language is an important factor to become a part of the rest of the community too.
In Text 1 “A brief guide to Health and Safety in the Workplace”, there is a list of employers` duties and a list of employees` rights and responsibilities. Most English-speaking countries are in the developed world and have strong rules and rights on the workplaces. Minorities, especially immigrants from poor countries with lower terms, may be thankful for the health and safety regulations in the workplace.
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