Eurofound, the European Foundation for Working and Living Conditions, has recently released its sixth edition of the Working Conditions Survey, conducting almost 36.000 interviews with employees and self-employed about different areas of work-life. In in-depth look at the survey also provides valuable information on the status quo and on trends with regard to work-life balance or employment of older workers.
A current study by International Alert shows that pupils from different backgrounds view each other more positively when they learn together in mixed classes compared to those studying separately. The finding is particularly relevant with regard to the stereotype reduction effect it shows which is relevant in many everyday workplace situations and for segregated education approaches that still exist.
Eine weitere Studie zeigt, dass mit steigendem Frauenanteil in Managementpositionen Entscheider beiderlei Geschlechts fokussierter und kompetitiver agieren. Die Einstellungen und Fähigkeiten von männlichen und weiblichen Managern gleichen sich ab einem Frauenanteil von ca. 22% zunehmend an.
Many studies claim to describe the business benefits of D&I. Critics, however, often challenge the research methodology or other aspects. The updated 3rd edition of the unique International Business Case Report (IBCR 3.1) contains 1-page summaries of 203 studies which were all checked for significance, robustness, validity, reliability and, if applicable, for statistical bias.
Rückläufige und dauerhaft niedrige Geburtenraten bereiteten der Politik viele Jahre Sorgen. Während anfänglich noch der Glaube an traditionelle Familienstrukturen vorherrschte und zu fehlgeleiteten Herdprämien führte, öffnete sich die Politik langsam (und zaghaft) den neu entstandenen Realitäten. Und selbst die katholische Kirche begann (an)zuerkennen, dass sich die Familie im 21. Jahrhundert anders entwickelt als zu den Zeiten als christliche Ideale entstanden. Das Bundesfamilienministerium beschreibt die aktuelle Situation sogar mit dem Begriff „bunte Vielfalt von Lebensformen“.
While D&I work is often focusing on managers and employees with a formal professional degree, the majority of men and women work in jobs ‘on the floor’. How much do we know about their working realities and the diversity aspects that matter for them? More and more companies devise D&I programmes for individual contributors and the latest Eurofound survey provides a surprising figure: more than half of men and women share their job titles mainly with workers of their own gender.
A current survey of almost 1,500 men, conducted by the JUMP, found low engagement levels in gender diversity and even resistance from one third of respondents. The finding becomes more alarming when factoring in that the survey audience consisted of a more-than-averagely interested group of men and those completing the questionnaire were at least inclined to do so. Continue reading
Low numbers of antisemitic incidents are not good news when the majority of Jews describe antisemitism as an ongoing and even increasing issue. The latest overview of data available in the European Union 2004–2014 issued by the Fundamental Rights Agency makes, once more, strong points about the need for more and better data.
Neuroscientists have been trying to reveal the functioning of our brain for several decades. The brains’ neuroplasticity, i.e. the ability of the brain to form new connections between neurons, can now be used as an element of diversity management. Because the brain has this ability to change over our lifespan, it is indeed a possible source of rethinking and reviewing our attitude towards diversity. Implementation of neuroscientific findings into diversity management can provide a change in diversity practices.
Es könnte so einfach sein, Generationen über ihre spezifischen Wertvorstellungen zu beschreiben. Zum Beispiel, was der berühmt-berüchtigten Generation Y in den Bereichen Arbeit und Freizeit wichtig ist, welche Karrieremotive sie antreibt, welche Erwartungen sie an ihren Arbeitgeber etc. Eine aktuelle Studie bestätigt einmal mehr den deutlichen Wertewandel der Generationen und die damit verbundene Notwendigkeit flexibler Arbeitsstrukturen. Allerdings: Die Generation Y ist nicht homogen, sondern lässt vier Untergruppen erkennen, die sich in Werten, Zielen und Wünschen (bezogen auf Beschäftigung) teils deutlich unterscheiden.
A study recently published by McKinsey examines the status quo of gender equality around the world and the implications for the economy. They calculated the opportunity costs of missing parity between men and women and conclude: A lack of gender equality is very costly for the whole economy – both in developed and developing countries. In this article, we summarise the key aspects of the study for you.
A large-scale survey in some 100 companies and other organisations from 10 EU Member States investigated, among other fields, the variety of Diversity Management practices of immigrant inclusion and their direct and indirect effects. The focus was on migrants from so-called Third Countries. The research also looked at constraints and criticalities as well as mechanisms and conditions that emerge as facilitating factors so that the programmes and processes lead to the desired outcomes. The focus of the report on migrants from Third Country Nations couldn’t be more relevant today, as the EU is coping with an expected 1.5 million refugees.
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.
Usually museum exhibitions have one thing in common: they show things from the past and hence talking about recent or distant history. The concept of Diversity & Inclusion is certainly not ‘old enough’ to be placed in a museum. Yet, starting from October 2nd 2015, results of a diversity media study forms part of an advertising exhibition. The Museum for Communication, Frankfurt / Main, shows over 50 campaigns under the headline ‘Touched – Tempted’ and discusses many diversity aspects in that context.
Since the need for qualified staff in information technology steadily increases, once again the voices for more women to work in STEM areas have become loud. The Irish Times asked successful women in that field about their career development and summarised some possible actions in order to better utilise female potential also in IT.
The Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) was the first Spanish university that implemented a special support programme for students with intellectual disabilities (ID) already ten years ago. After the graduation of the first four cohorts, the initiative was evaluated and the results of the study (by Dolores Gasset) was first published in 2012, in Spanish only. As the results are internationally relevant, indicating high levels of employability of the graduates, they have recently been made accessible also in English.
Current research into Unconscious Bias shows that the awareness for and concern about expressing bias does actually help to accept feedback about bias and to take bias-reducing actions. The study conducted by Perry, Murphy and Dovidio (in press) found that white participants with high scores on a newly developed Bias Awareness Scale were likely to accept the (fictive) results of a bias measure indicating their preference for white individuals over black individuals. Participants with a lower Bias Awareness tended to reject such feedback. Moreover, the personal acceptance of bias feedback turned out to be the crucial tie between Bias Awareness and bias-reducing activities when participants were told to be biased. These findings confirm that Unconscious Bias training alone will not turn the totality of subtle and blatant discrimination, imbalance and inequalities into a fair and inclusive culture.
Die Hoppenstedt Firmendatenbank bot viele Jahre einen Fundus an Daten, unter anderem zu Frauen in Führungspositionen. Diese erlaubten Analysen nach Firmengröße und Branche, auch über Jahre hinweg und wurden in der Vergangenheit von Journalisten großer Medien als Aufmacher genutzt. Inzwischen heißt Hoppenstedt Bisnode und der Datenriese arbeitete für die aktuelle Gender Auswertung mit dem Kompetenz-Zentrum Frauen im Management der Hochschule Osnabrück zusammen. Aus dieser Kooperation durften wir eine saubere Analyse und einen sachlichen Bericht erwarten. Auch nach mehrfachen Begutachtungen erscheint der Bericht eher als Beispiel für ideologischen Datenmissbrauch und einen durch persönliche Voreingenommenheit verstellten Blick.
Many Diversity programmes are tailored for members of specific minority groups such as LGBT employees, employees from different cultures, religious groups or people with a disability. Does this approach effectively demonstrate the value of differences or is it a reminiscent of Affirmative Action that, at times, leads to exclusion and reinforced stereotypes? A recently published Dutch study provides additional evidence that all-inclusive Diversity approaches which focus both on minority and majority groups are, in many respects, more effective than isolated programmes.
New research from My Family Care and the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei) has found that UK businesses are not doing enough to support their caring workforce – therefore running the risk of a talent retention crisis. In a survey of 1,000 consumers and 100 employers, the study found that 40% of carers don’t get the support they need from friends, family and their employer and only 38% of employers monitor the caring responsibilities of their workforce.