Employment Practices from a Minority's Perspective

by Cordell Reed, Asst. Vice Pres. of Nuclear Licensing and Environmental Affairs; Commonwealth Edison Co., Chicago, Ill.,

Serial Information: Issues in Engineering: Journal of Professional Activities, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 3, Pg. 159-165

Document Type: Journal Paper


Although many companies have made great strides in bringing minorities into the mainstream of the organization, in some cases, minorities are still having serious problems with current employment practices. Most of these problems do not relate to the formalized written employment practices but rather to the informal practices. Minorities have negative attitudes toward employment practices in which some are real and some are only imagined. Often minority workers have adjustments to make such as adjusting to different lifestyles and values to fit into the work group. It is vitally important that corporate management continues to give their total commitment to affirmative action programs so as not to lose gains that have been made. Top management must create an atmosphere in which everyone in the organization honestly strives to help minorities succeed in becoming a productive member of the organization.

Subject Headings: Employment | Business organizations | Labor | Affirmative action

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