Race-related problems in corporate companies are usually interpreted as racial job discrimination. In essence, racial job discrimination is just one of several race-related problems that are rarely mentioned in public discourse and the corporate workplace. This book offers a perspective on these race-related problems. The ability to solve complex problems related to racial issues in the corporate workplace depends on the ability to see the problem from a different perspective. Too often, the effort of dealing with race-related problems is to focus on racial job discrimination with little to no attention given to the passive or invisible race-related problems that are precursors to racial job discrimination. The goal of this book is to provide the reader with a new perspective of understanding these problems. A New Perspective on Race-related Problems in Corporate American Companies is not just the typical book in the genre of race-related problems in the corporate workplace. Instead, it is a book that attempts to put the broader race-related problems on the radar of corporate employers and employees. It does this by providing the following: identifying the race- related problems, outlining their root causes, outlining their impact on nonwhite employees, providing strategies to resolve or cope with these problems, and proposing a program to help reduce these problems. The author hopes that those who read this book and are involved with corporate companies will be inspired to make the corporate workplace a positive and harmonious environment for all.
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About the Author
Jermel Shim is a retired engineer and is the author of, "Whom God Has Blessed, Let No Man Curse." He was born in Jamaica, and educated in Canada and the US. His educational background, working experience (twenty-nine years), and racial diversity within his own family has equipped him with a wealth of knowledge about the racial and cultural issues that affect people in various social and work-related settings. This broad background has helped him to understand the race-related challenges related to employment and to appreciate the contributions people of different racial and cultural backgrounds bring to the corporate workforce.
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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite In A New Perspective on Race-Related Problems in Corporate American Companies, author Jermal Shim explains that most problems between persons of different races and/or cultures are interpreted as racial problems when, in reality they are problems involving lack of understanding in the workplace. The author contends that particularly in America, we have been conditioned by our history of racism and that this collective consciousness is transmitted from one generation to the next. Behaviors are seen as consistent among and between racial groups with attitudes reflecting the group mentality rather than the individual thought process. Shim believes that race-related issues in the workplace affect both white and non-white employees and that they oftentimes pervade the work environment. Probably the most productive portion of the book was that which dealt with solutions for the non-white employee who feels racial discrimination. Shim suggests that Blacks and other minorities first need to know who they are internally before they can fight against negative external forces. Emotions must be controlled while values are developed and practiced. Then, approaches to trusting relationships may be tried while looking toward traditional role models for guidance. Although A New Perspective may not be applicable in many progressive companies, Shim has given the reader food for thought as well as strategies for coping, means of producing work-related harmony, and programs to produce change in currently noxious work environments. While trying to avoid placing blame and judging, Shim offers non-white employees a means to begin to make changes without taking drastic measures.