By the year 2000, white males will decline to approximately 40 percent of the labor force, according to projections by Monthly Labor Review. Women will increase to 47 percent, blacks and Hispanics will each make up about 10 percent of the labor pool, and Asians will amount to almost 4 percent.
Organizations are implementing several strategies to help resolve issues caused by an increasingly diverse work force:
* Cultural sensitivity training. Typically, sensitivity training consists of one- to two-day programs where participants receive information on the cultural differences of employees. Videotapes, role-playing and small group discussions appear to be helpful.
* Employee teams. Task and focus groups of a cross section of employees are becoming popular as a means of offering ideas, testing programs and providing feedback on diversity issues.