The workplace is changing rapidly mostly attributed to the changing demographic trends being experienced in the country. As a result, communication becomes a barrier in most instances for those companies that do not embrace change. Consequently, work performance and output comes to a standstill hence compromising the survival of the organization. This report will focus on the demographic trends already experienced in the company, its effect on communication, as well as recommendation of communication practices that should be adopted.
The company reflects three main demographic changes as exhibited in the American population. Firstly, more women have since joined the company’s leadership positions. Secondly, the company has already reported that almost one-third of its workers are set to retire after five years. This is a reflection of the aging population in the American economy. Lastly, the company has an increased population of non-whites in its workforce.
The aspect of formal communication channels should be revised by the organization. The need for formal meetings that require physical presence should be changed to accommodate changing trends in the workplace. In addition, the company should also embrace social media circles and incorporate them in the company’s communication channel.
The stereotypical assumptions that exist in the company are that women are not as good performers as their male counterparts and younger employees are not as serious in their work as the older employees. These could provide serious barriers to effective communication in the company
The barriers to effective communication that exist in the company are: differences in culture as well as differences in languages as well as accents
The company should encourage the need for good interpersonal skills especially during the hiring stage. It should also structure its work into teams of varied members. In addition, it should also encourage tolerance from its employees.
The company would gain in the sense that performance would ultimately increase following the better relationships amongst its employees. In addition, the work place would be conducive to work in as a result of relieved tensions following adoption of the above recommendations.
Cultural diversity is a rapidly developing trend that is making up the face of the current business environment. Change therefore of paramount importance for companies that are seeking to survive in the dynamic environment.