1. According to these articles, how important has the influx of foreign-born workers been to the U.S. workforce? In your opinion, will this change in the future?
It is interesting that there are so many varied opinions on immigration and the basic reality is that immigration is very important for the U.S. economy. Any time there are declining birth rates, immigration is important to keep the economy moving and ensure there is enough activity to ensure stability and growth. Without an influx in foreign-born workers, the workforce will not have enough contributors to fund the necessary programs to support those workers that have reached retirement age. Immigration has always been important ...view middle of the document...
The article describes the changing workforce as not only becoming more immigrant based, but more minorities and fewer workers classified and “white”. The importance of understanding this workforce is vital to developing the human and social capital of these workers. It may not seem possible, but social capital is not only about the individual, but about who they now and where they are located. This capital can dramatically help them perform their jobs, thus increasing the capital of the business (Krebs, 2008). By understanding this network, which is changing due to the changing demographic of the worker, the organization can take advantage of these networks and utilize them for growth and success. These networks must be treated as living and breathing things, constantly changing and in need of constant monitoring. If an organization is going to take advantage of this capital, it is necessary to constantly monitor and adjust to changes.
3. Using our discussion of the three levels of analysis discuss the implications of these articles.
It is important to understand the three levels of analysis; they include individual, group, and organizational research.
Individuals - Obviously study of individuals will change as the demographic of the individuals change. Each individual has a different set of goals and objectives that drive them to succeed. These goals and objectives need to be understood and should not be assumed to be understood as the background and ethnicity of workers change. It is important to understand that these individuals are not just the organizations high level high valued employees, but can include part-time and employees, as well as contractors and partners (Krebs, 2008).
Group – As individuals change, group dynamics are going to change. It is important that everyone within the groups understand the dynamic and know that changes in the demographic of the group will change the working procedures and may even change the output and production. One of the most dramatic changes in some of these groups may be the addition of older workers that would traditionally not take part in working groups and in the past might have been retired. As the article discusses, individuals are working longer, and...