The case presents a situation of working environment, which is sub divided according to racial backgrounds. The management of the organization clearly shows that the organization authority and human resource management team are racial based. Despite the court order to hire more nonwhite workers, the company has not full implemented the condition. It is a difficult situation to solve from the bottom level unless the top most officials are integrated. This is a fact as the top most official in some companies belongs a certain race thus the workers select to work in the particular department. There is an organization culture that is ruling the organization. The culture development will eventually lead to pure discrimination of races in the organization. This is accordance to global review. The minority achievement in the organization will soon disappear.
Key problems presented in the case.
Work discrimination. The allocation of responsibilities in the firefighter companies is based on the ethnic or racial background. According to article, white fighters are allocated responsibilities in the busiest Boston engine and ladder companies which are considered prestigious. Also, the least busy fire companies are allocated to nonwhite. As an ethical consideration, work discrimination should not prevail in an organization. Work allocation should be based on qualification but not race. Lack of diversity in the work place. Although diversity shows discrimination, the companies lack work diversity, which influences it work performance. The racial background affects the work diversification in the company. This serves as a limiting factor to the efficiency of the organization success. Race based organization culture. According to Fredrick, the fire commissioner, the choice of place of work by the workers is based on comfort ability of that worker in the place. This should not be the situation as worker should feel free at all work positions.
The human resource management prevailing should be abolished and formulated again based on qualification but not racial backgrounds. Most of the problems experienced in the companies are caused the nature of recruitment and selection of workers. This presents itself when the racial background is used to determine the working group in a given company. The formation of a new human resource management team will serve as one of the remedial action to solve the problem.
No. the situation in the companies is not appealing. Racial differentiation influences the worker morale thus working capability. The solution of the situation is to change the management team as well as following the court orders. The most important element to solve the situation is the development of organizational culture that helps the workers to relate and work as a team. The process may take time but will well appropriate leadership skills the solution is achievable.
There are several tools in our toolbox that serves best in finding the solution to the situation. They include; social identity. It is the nature of human being to be in a condition that fits his or her welfare. According to social categorization theory, group mobility, individual mobility and socials competition serves best to implement the condition in place. This is through taking of affirmative actions to the situation at hand, such as culture formulation. Diversity and exclusion elements in the work place should be formulated thus making workers feel entitled to a given work place. This serves as a major motivation tool to most workers thus enhancing their productivity.