TEAMS & DIVERSITY
DIMENSIONS OF WORKFORCE DIVERSITY
Mexico’s age distribution amongst its population is as follows:0
– 14 years: 33.32%15 – 64 years: 62.28%65 years and over: 4.4%
Mexico’s workforce is composed of 34 million people, which consists
of 23 million men and 11 million women. The male dominated industries
are primarily agricultural and production. The female dominated industries
are clerical and sales. Men and women are equally represented in
service and technology.
The languages that are spoken in Mexico are as follows: Spanish,
various Mayan, Nahuati, and other regional indigenous languages.
It is strongly recommended that anyone who is trying to transact business
in Mexico learn to speak the language. This is imperative to successful
negotiations because Mexicans believe the relationship dictates the business
aspect. Therefore in order to show proper respect, it is essential
for foreigners to learn the language.
The ethnic group composition of Mexico is as follows: mestizo
(Amerindian-Spanish) 60 percent, Amerindian or predominantly Amerindian
30 percent, white 9 percent, other 1 percent.
The religions of Mexico are as follows: nominally Roman Catholic
89 percent, Protestant 6 percent, other 5 percent
In Mexico is a very unique situation. Mexican society is
composed of groups where family and teamwork are very important.
However, although they like to be in groups, they are incapable of working
in them. The fear of losing power when sharing information with other
group members creates a problem. Most Mexicans don’t have the skills
are the training necessary to function in a group environment at work.
The problem increases with the introduction of a woman into a male dominated
group. The men will feel uncomfortable or threatened by the existence
of a woman in the group.
Sources: Deresky, Helen, International Management (Prentice
Hall 2000) p .
Central Intelligence Agency, “The World Factbook – Mexico” http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/mx.html
(21 Jan. 2002)
Business in Mexico, www.go2mexico.com/article/business/