Freedom in the Workplace

Week 3 Assignment – Freedom in the Workplace

 

Learning Objectives Covered

  • LO 05.01 – Explain the concept of political freedom and discuss five ways that it impacts American personal and professional life today
  • LO 06.02 – Define and explain the importance of “equality of opportunity” in American society
  • LO 06.03 – Compare the concepts of equity and equality and identify five ways each impacts American workplace culture today
  • How to write the assignement will be in the template I uploaded. It’ll help with writing it our correctly.

(This is NOT the assignment. Read on to find the memo prompt below.)

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9A04E7D9123FE433A25754C0A9679D946696D6CF (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Women’s Suffrage: Crash Course US History #31 (Links to an external site.)

Career Relevancy

Political freedom is one of the most important things in a democratic society. On a personal and professional level, it improves our quality of life and gives us freedoms such as freedom of speech and freedom to hold marches and/or meetings. When a group does not feel like they are treated equally, they have the political freedom to exercise their right to express those concerns. In the workplace and in our homes that is essential. Equal opportunity in the workplace must be given with no regard to race, gender, disability, or any other discriminatory practices. This is important and means that everyone is given an equal chance to succeed and be who they want to be. Those in leadership must be particularly careful to treat each worker with the same level of respect and fairness they expect to receive themselves. To make a fair and equal workplace, everyone should follow the Golden Rule of treating others how they would like to be treated themselves.

Background

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The online Free Dictionary by Farlex (2018) defines political liberty as “one’s freedom to exercise one’s rights as guaranteed under the laws of the country.” (para. 1). Article 9 of the Human Rights Act provides protection for freedom of thought, belief and religion, so people can exercise their political freedom without fear of recrimination (Equality and Human Rights Commission, 2016).

There are many ways that the concept of personal freedom affects Americans in their personal and professional lives today. Here are just a few:

  1. freedom from oppression;
  2. the absence of disabling conditions for an individual;
  3. the absence of life conditions of compulsion, e.g., economic compulsion, in a society;
  4. freedom from “internal” constraints on political action or speech (e.g., social conformity);
  5. sometimes seen as a negative, freedom from governmental regulation.

Political freedom, in general, is promoted as one of the basic foundations on which America is founded, and one of the freedoms enjoyed by Americans which might not be offered in other countries. Americans are provided the opportunity to participate in elections with the freedom to vote for the candidate of their choice without fear of retribution. On the other hand, they are not required to vote in an election, which also represents freedom of choice. In addition, freedom from oppression guarantees personal liberties such as freedom of religious choice, freedom of speech, and freedom of self-expression. America today places very few constraints on the American public, especially in regard to self-expression and freedom of speech. Political rallies and meetings may be held with no fear of governmental intervention, unless violence becomes an issue, at which point a government entity such as law enforcement may intervene. Freedom from any governmental regulation at all could result in a break in societal interaction; thus, a fine line must be walked by the government to lead and govern without being oppressive.

Equality of opportunity is defined by The Free Dictionary (2018) as, “absence of discrimination, as in the workplace, based on race, color, age, gender, national origin, religion, or mental or physical disability” (para. 1). In essence, equality of opportunity is taken to mean that all things are or should be available to the American people, regardless of their personal circumstances. According to John Goodman (2015), what America promises is only opportunity, not actual equality. Mr. Goodman (2015) cites a CBS News Poll indicating only 4% of Americans “consider income disparities as the most important problem facing the country” (para. 3). Can this be taken to mean that Americans consider only income as an equalizing factor? Current racial discord would indicate this is not the case, as racial discrimination continues to exist, even though great strides have been made in this country to eliminate this type of discrimination. While America is touted as the ‘Land of Opportunity,’ do those opportunities assume that every person is on an equal level, i.e., equal societal standing, equal education, equal income? Equal opportunity to succeed should be available to each person with no regard to race, creed, religious affiliation, or mental or physical disability; however, each person must make the most of the opportunity afforded him/her.

While equity and equality in the workplace are sometimes used interchangeably, there is, in fact, a difference in their meaning. There are numerous situations in the workplace involving equity and/or equality. Some of these situations include:

  1. Gender
  2. Disability
  3. Race
  4. Pay
  5. Age

Gender equality in the workplace does not mean women and men will be treated the same, but that the opportunities available within the workplace will not depend upon whether the applicant is male or female. Gender equity refers to the fairness of treatment, whether male or female. In the same way, equality in regard to disabled workers would mean they are treated the same as employees with no disability; while treating the disabled workers in an equitable manner would require making changes in order to allow fair treatment; i.e. installation of wheelchair ramps or purchasing specific equipment in order to facilitate job performance. While great strides have been made in the American workplace to overcome any type of bias, efforts should be continued in order to phase out any and all discrimination.

REFERENCES

The Free Dictionary by Farlex. (2018). Equality of opportunity. Retrieved from https://www.thefreedictionary.com/Equality+of+opportunity (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

The Free Dictionary by Farlex. (2018). Political liberty. Retrieved form https://www.thefreedictionary.com/Freedom+(political) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Equality and Human Rights Commission. (2016). Article 9:freedom of thought, belief, and religion. Retrieved from https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/human-rights-act/article-9-freedom-thought-belief-and-religion (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Goodman, J. (2015). The Promise of America: opportunity, not equality. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/johngoodman/2015/04/2…

Prompt

Pretend you are the supervisor in a workplace. Write a 600-word minimum memo outlining the differences between social equity and social equality, explain why this is important, and detail how the organization will implement both in the workplace.

This memo should:

  • Directly address your employees
  • Define equity and equality
  • Provide examples and non-examples of each
  • Provide explanation of why both are important in your workplace
  • Discuss how you plan to implement these policies in the workplace.

Remember to cite the sources you consult in learning about both equality and equity.

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Rubric

This is what to look for and double check when writing the assignment.

 
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFollowed Instructions – 1) VeriCite score under 20% 2) Assignment meets required minimum 600 word length and setup expectations.
10.0 ptsExcellent – Met all guidelines 8.0 ptsSatisfactory – Clear effort to meet guidelines but with minor errors. 6.0 ptsFair – Demonstrated effort to meet guidelines but with major errors. 4.0 ptsNeeds Improvement – Met 1 of 2 guidelines 0.0 ptsUnsatisfactory – Failed to meet either guideline
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSpelling, Grammar, & Citations – 1) Spelling is correct. 2) Grammar is correct. 3) Sentence and paragraph structure are appropriate. 4) Sources are cited correctly in the text and on the references page.
10.0 ptsExcellent – Met all guidelines 8.0 ptsSatisfactory – Met 3 of 4 guidelines or clearly worked to meet all guidelines with minor errors 6.0 ptsFair – Met 2 of 4 guidelines or demonstrated some effort to meet all the guidelines but with a few major errors 4.0 ptsNeeds Improvement – Met 1 of 4 guidelines or demonstrated some effort to meet all the guidelines though with many mistakes. 0.0 ptsUnsatisfactory – Did not meet any of the 4 guidelines.
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAuthor discusses equity
20.0 ptsExcellent – Met all guidelines 15.0 ptsSatisfactory – Writer demonstrates general understanding of equity but with minor challenges. 10.0 ptsFair – Writer showed moderate understanding of equity 5.0 ptsNeeds Improvement – Writer demonstrated minimal effort to describe equity. Section lacks original thought or adequate description. 0.0 ptsUnsatisfactory – Did not meet any of the guidelines and paper fails to demonstrate understanding of equity
20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAuthor discusses equality
20.0 ptsExcellent – Met all guidelines 15.0 ptsSatisfactory – Writer demonstrates general understanding of equality but with minor challenges. 10.0 ptsFair – Writer showed moderate understanding of equality 5.0 ptsNeeds Improvement – Writer demonstrated minimal effort to describe equality. Section lacks original thought or adequate description. 0.0 ptsUnsatisfactory – Did not meet any of the guidelines and paper fails to demonstrate understanding of equality
20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAuthor provides examples and non-examples of equity and equality
20.0 ptsExcellent – Met all guidelines 15.0 ptsSatisfactory – Writer provides examples and non-examples of equality and equity but with minor challenges. 10.0 ptsFair – Writer provides example or non-example of equity and equality but not both 5.0 ptsNeeds Improvement – Writer demonstrated minimal effort to provide examples and non-examples of equity and equality. Section lacks original thought or adequate description 0.0 ptsUnsatisfactory – Did not meet any of the guidelines and paper fails to provide examples and non-examples of equality and equity
20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAuthor provides explanation of why equity and equality are important in the workplace
20.0 ptsExcellent – Met all guidelines 15.0 ptsSatisfactory – Writer provides explanation of why equity and and equality are important in the workplace but with minor challenges. 10.0 ptsFair – Writer provides explanation of why equity or equality are important in the workplace but not both 5.0 ptsNeeds Improvement – Writer demonstrated minimal effort to provide explanation of why equity and equality are important in the workplace. Section lacks original thought or adequate description 0.0 ptsUnsatisfactory – Did not meet any of the guidelines and paper fails to provide explanation of why equity and equality are important in the workplace
20.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAuthor describes how to implement equity and equality in the workplace
20.0 ptsExcellent – Met all guidelines 15.0 ptsSatisfactory – Writer describes how to implement equity and and equality in the workplace but with minor challenges. 10.0 ptsFair – Writer describes how to implement equity or equality in the workplace but not both 5.0 ptsNeeds Improvement – Writer demonstrated minimal effort to describe how to implement equity and equality in the workplace. Section lacks original thought or adequate description 0.0 ptsUnsatisfactory – Did not meet any of the guidelines and paper fails to describe how to implement equity and equality in the workplace
20.0 pts
Total Points: 120.0

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