Case Study: Involving Top Management Levels in shaping the Gender Diversity agenda

If you feel you need to reshape your Gender Diversity strategy and want to make sure top management is not only on board but actively engaged, why don’t you run workshops on the business case & strategy design with your first levels? One large country organisation of a global firm did that and received detailed input and lists of active supporters with whom they proceed. Contine reading

Befragung zeigt: Flexibles Arbeiten ist ein Muss – und muss sorgfältig ausgewogen werden

Die veränderten Lebensweisen in einer mobilen, individualisierten und virtualisierten Welt verlangen neue Wege der Vereinbarkeit von Beruf und Privatleben. Dass hierfür keine simple Checkliste ausreicht, sondern zahlreiche Abwägungen zu treffen sind zeigt einmal mehr eine Befragung von A. T. Kearney. Sie bietet aktuelle Zahlen zum Bedarf an Flexibilität und zum Wunsch nach Nichterreichbarkeit.

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Metrics for ‘Inclusion’: Employee engagement surveys provide baseline data

If excellent Management of differences shows up in diverse workforces and mixed leadership teams – what does the result of excellent Inclusion looks like? The big differences between the two paradigms appears to lie in the measurability. While we are able to count different constituencies, we need to reach out to people to ask them if Inclusion has actually worked out fine. Here, D&I interfaces with corporate culture, collaboration and leadership behaviour. For many years, these aspects were measured through employee surveys – today often referred to as employee engagement surveys. Measuring the success of D&I work in that context provides a whole new perspective. For the feedback from your actual target group will tell much more than the raw numbers you are counting along your HR processes. Here are examples from Ford, Sodexo and DSM.

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Benefits from flexibility – agile working environments

Do you want your employees to be satisfied and productive at the same time? Research shows that agile working holds substantial benefits for employers – if they are able to provide several preconditions and to face the obstacles of managing a mostly absent staff. German academics especially see career opportunities for women deriving from flexible work arrangements, and a new example of agile working is now being implemented by a British law firm.

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New study: Men seeking work-life balance are seen more favorably than women

Christin Munsch, professor of sociology at Furman University in San Francisco, has recently conducted a study on flexible work arrangements. Her spectacular results suggest that it is men rather than women who can take advantage out of such arrangements, while women might experience disadvantages. How is that possible and what does it mean for work/life-balance programmes and Gender Diversity in the workplace? A closer look provides some of the answers.

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Befragungen und Studien sind sich einig: Flexibles Arbeiten ist zugleich ein Kernaspekt der Arbeitgeberattraktivität und ein Gestaltungselement effektiver und zukunftsorientierter Arbeitsumgebungen. Und an Instrumenten mangelt es nicht: Von Lebensarbeitszeitkonten über Unterstützung in Alltagsfragen oder Kinder- und Angehörigenbetreuung bis hin zu Hunderten von Teilzeitregelungen. All dies gilt jedoch weiterhin als Sonderfall für einige MitarbeiterInnen, die im traditionellen System anscheinend nicht produktiv sein können. Contine reading

Getting the right tone from the top

The best established mantra about successful D&I work refers to executive leadership, role modelling and to sponsoring D&I departments and agendas. And the absence of this has become an easy excuse when progress becomes slow. That implies two questions: Who is responsible for providing the impetus so that top management support will be displayed and what does effective patronage look like? Contine reading


Jede Veränderung benötigt Menschen, die sie betreiben – besonders das Thema Diversity. Denn hier besteht die Besonderheit darin, just einige der Aspekte zu bewegen, die die Beteiligten prägen: ihre Wahrnehmung und Sichtweisen, ihre Werte und Interpretationen, ihre Verhaltensweisen und Rituale. Eine Herausforderung, die entsprechend viele, wohl ausgewählte und hinreichend instruierte VertreterInnen braucht. Contine reading

Aiming at good or best practices?

In the male-dominated world, everybody wants to be a leader in their industry, country or discipline. And as D&I is increasingly aligned to strategic priorities, the leadership ambition gets more and more frequently included in Diversity storylines. At the same time, budget restrictions have led to minimised staff in D&I departments and increased voluntary engagement in grass-root initiatives. Considering these competing trends, it is necessary to ask – and challenge – if companies are aiming at deploying cutting-edge programmes (at cost) or if they will be satisfied with some solid initiatives. Contine reading