For twenty years, D&I was demanding inclusive behaviour and high ethical standards from dominant groups while running programmes for women and minorities. The analysis shows that this has to be reversed: D&I leaders should role model their ideals and work a lot more with the mainstream majority.
D&I is stuck in routine, generic strategies and a copy-and-paste mentality. This analysis shows how a lack of relevance to the business and too much regulation is limiting the scope and impact of Diversity. A new business focus can bring back the change into D&I and unleash intrinsic energy. Continue reading
A new report by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Middle East has found that a majority of finance professionals believe their sector or function should be leading the way in improving the rate of gender diversity across the GCC region. However, the numbers do not suggest they will any time soon.
In a keynote address at the World D&I Congress in Mumbai, India, the International D&I pioneer, Michael Stuber, will outline key issues for Diversity & Inclusion in the future. His analysis “Who Are We?” shows that a new era is beginning for D&I, and what it will take for all of us to be successful.
Die jährliche Diversity-Konferenz von Tagesspiegel und Charta der Vielfalt präsentierte mit „Visions of Diversity“ ein neues Format. Fünf AkademikerInnen stellten in 7-minütigen Statements ihre Zukunftsbilder für D&I vor – und ihre Forderungen.
Initiating concrete changes to mitigate unconscious biases and eventually make the most of differences. This summarises the ambition of many D&I practitioners. While it sounds easy, experience shows that the practicalities sometimes aren’t. ‘Inclusion Nudges’ are a collection of good practices how to steer behaviour away from bias and towards inclusion.
On the occasion of Coming Out Day, global life science giant Bayer launched a video speaking about the dynamics of opening doors. It includes a statement of support for Coming Out Day and an encouragement to open up for conversations.
D&I initiatives used to be common at J&J’s production site in Geel, Belgium, for many years. Posters, events and training were well received – but not necessarily connected to everyday business, leadership behaviour or the overall growth agenda. A new strategic approach of the site management team has led to significant traction on D&I – within just six months.
Eine schlechte Unternehmenskultur geht mit einem deutlich höheren gesundheitlichen Risiko für Mitarbeiter einher. Dies ist ein Ergebnis des aktuellen Fehlzeitreports der AOK. Es bestätigt die Bedeutung der Unternehmenskultur für die Produktivität eines Unternehmens als Teil der Wirtschaftlichkeit von Diversity Management.
After decades of work on D&I, experts are often asked if more research and additional activities were still needed. One of the globally leading D&I content providers has just published a ‘diversity dialogue‘ on current challenges and next practices.
Including shift workers in D&I programmes, addressing Unconscious Biases practically with management teams and integrating Diversity in HR-tools and in everyday work reality. What sounds like a miracle agenda happened at Johnson & Johnson in Switzerland, within a space of two years.
Spricht man Sexismus an, trifft dies auf nahezu gegensätzliche gefühlte Wahrheiten: Einerseits gelten schon kleine sprachliche Schieflagen – vor allem am Arbeitsplatz – als unangemessen, andererseits zeigt sich im Internet, im Sport oder in der Werbung unverhohlene Frauenfeindlichkeit. Alles „nur Einzelfälle“ oder Anzeichen eines gesellschaftlichen Problems?
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
Most States around the Persian Gulf receive publicity for fundamental issues with many dimensions of Diversity. It is there for notable that recently disability, LGTB and – more substantially – gender have been publicly addressed.
Ein Drittel der Menschen in Deutschland hat in den letzten zwei Jahren Diskriminierung selbst erfahren. Im Kontext von Arbeit und Beschäftigung ist die Erfahrung besonders häufig. Ja nach Lebensbereich sind die Gründe Alter oder Geschlecht besonders häufig.
Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG, has recently announced to start a revolution of the company’s corporate culture. His plan includes much more flexibility of working space and time for employees besides a radical review of corporate hierarchies and culture as well as performance assessment structures.
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.
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.
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.
Women embark on careers with high expectations and aspirations for advancement. However, this confidence evaporates as they enter their mid-career phase, a new study shows. What are the reasons and what can be done to remedy this deterioration that was not found for men?