The corporate environment brings together people of different ages, economic status, genders and cultures, ethnic and racial backgrounds. In such a diverse workplace it is important to be aware of the fact that everyone is different. Therefore, it is insensitive to make a joke about certain people’s culture. This paper discusses whether one should apologize to his colleagues for causing offense by forwarding a joke about Southerners that they had only intended to be funny.

Being sensitive to workplace diversity

When forwarding the message, the colleague’s motive may not have been ill, but the email contained a message that profiled a specific group of people. Therefore it was inappropriate and offensive

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