1-You have 2 hours to read, listen (3 times) and write A/B (200-300 words).
2-Send me your listening notes(1), reading notes(2) and writing(3) before the end of the class.
3-Exams with the same words/ideas will not be considered valid.
OPTION A: You are a journalist for humanresources.net and you have read about hidden identities in the workplace. You feel that the old Myers-Briggs test many companies are still using is insufficient. Write an article suggesting a new approach to recruitment that makes people with hidden identities welcome.
OPTION B: To fight hidden identity stigma, prevalent in large companies, the government has decided to subsidise self-employment. You are one of the people in the listening extracts. Write a proposal of a family business describing your product/service and the positive relationships that will contribute to the business success.
Hidden Identities In the Workplace
Social identity has a profound impact on the way employees interact with their colleagues in the workplace. This lesson explores some of the more common social characteristics that impact a workplace.
Invisible Social Identities in the Workplace
A workplace is heavily influenced by the diversity, culture, and identity of the people of whom it is comprised. Research supports a conclusion that perceived social stigmas have a profound impact on the way individuals interact in the workplace. In an effort to avoid them, many individuals draw strict lines between their personal and professional life. For some, the ability to work well within a diverse team is negatively impacted when individuals are quiet and withdrawn for fear of saying or doing something that will create a stigma.
Concealing social characteristics means that an individual cannot or will not interact with colleagues and managers in a comfortable and fluid way. In addition to the overall decrease in communication, in many instances protecting social identity means misleading the employer or co-workers in order to prevent exposure.
Sexism, Racism and Homophobia
Sexual orientation is at the top of the list in terms of social characteristics an individual often seeks to conceal. A heterosexual couple seeking a week off of work for a honeymoon will simply say that, but a same-sex couple is far more likely to lie about the reason for the absence in order to avoid the stigma associated. Likewise, many individuals in interracial relationships will opt out of company social events such as picnics or Christmas parties to avoid the stigma of being seen by co-workers. And within these groups, females will be quieter than males.
Sizeism and Obesity
The number of individuals who are medically defined as obese has jumped 66% in the last 10 years, and discrimination or bias based on body weight has skyrocketed as well. Credible research has demonstrated an undeniable link between obesity and workplace decisions. One study documented the fact that obese people face unfair hiring practices, are paid lower wages, receive harsher discipline, and are terminated more freely than their thinner counterparts.
Aware of this stigma, obese individuals in the workplace often modify their clothing choices, eating habits, and make self-deprecating statements which may cause awkward interactions between co-workers and offer virtually nothing in terms of a positive influence or outcome. The situation is especially uncomfortable for the obese employee whose weight is such that the workplace infrastructure must be modified to accommodate their size.
Obesity affects self-confidence as well, and many obese individuals will not realize their full potential in the workplace. Obese individuals will often decline to seek career advancement, even when fully qualified, because of the low sense of self-esteem. Others will avoid certain types of job roles entirely, such as sales or public communications, because of the profound fear associated with bias related to physical characteristics.
Mental Health Issues
In a small town, a male in his 50s has been an independent insurance salesman for the last 20 years. In addition to being bright and capable, the individual also has schizophrenia. It’s been nearly 2 decades since he had an acute psychotic episode, but two decades has changed little. Despite his demonstrated success in community involvement, a combination of his embarrassment and to potential employers’ liability make it nearly impossible for him to find meaningful work with area employers.
Consequently, despite not genuinely having a passion for insurance sales, the job was one of the only good paying careers that such an individual could get in a small community. Again, the impact to the workplace is profound because this gentleman’s skill set and intelligence would allow him to contribute significantly in many employment settings, but memories of his acute psychotic episodes have left him with the stigma that has made him untouchable – even after more than two decades.
Physical Health Issues
Chronic illnesses and disability status also impact the social identity of a workforce. People with specific structural diseases like multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease may be subject to inaccurate but very real discrimination related to an unfounded belief that they are unable to perform the duties of the job.
Individuals with poorly documented conditions like fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome are often labelled as troublemakers…
Adapted from https://study.com/academy/lesson/social-identity-the-workplace-definition-factors.html