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. Continue 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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