MEXICO
TEAMS & DIVERSITY
 
 
 
 
 
 

DIMENSIONS OF WORKFORCE DIVERSITY

AGE
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%
GENDER
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. 
LANGUAGE
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. 
RACE
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. 
RELIGION
The religions of Mexico are as follows:  nominally Roman Catholic 89 percent, Protestant 6 percent, other 5 percent 
TEAMWORK
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/