Six Forms of Discrimination (Mockery and Insults)
The diversity of workforce that currently exists in the United States increases the possibility of discrimination. The main reason for discrimination of employees is an inability of managers and colleges to consider their actions without the influence of stereotypes. These are six different forms of discrimination, however, I consider mockery and insults to be the most destructive form of workplace discrimination.
Mockery and insults include inappropriate jokes, statements and negative stereotypes that can damage the reputation or mental condition of another person (Robbins 41). The jokes, statements, and stereotypes can impact the workplace environment in a negative way which will lead to the destruction of team spirit. As a result, the members of the team will be unable to perform tasks effectively and the overall effectiveness of the business will suffer. This will ultimately lead to the decrease in profitability of the business.
One of the most interesting thing to me about mockery and insults is the fact that this type of discrimination does not depend on the level of expertise of an employee that was discriminated. In other words, an employee can be an effective performer with sufficient experience and considerable achievements in a particular field of knowledge, however, he or she can be discriminated depending on the origin, the color of skin, age, and sex. I think that workplace is the environment where there is no room for such things because expertise and professional qualities are what actually matter. This basically means that those who use inappropriate jokes and statements regarding another employee can be considered as unethical and unprofessional. That is why managers should concentrate on preventing discrimination within their teams by ensuring implementation of high standards of ethical behaviour.
Robbins, Stephen P., Judge, Timothy A. Organizational Behavior. Pearson; 16 edition, …