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. Contine 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.
How do pregnant women and young mothers feel during important their most important phases? New studies show that one of three women don’t see their needs supported when they are pregnant or as a mother of a young baby. However, employers view the support of pregnant women and those in maternity leave for their own good. Two studies, one British and one German, have identified a range of issues related to managing pregnancy, maternity leave and mothers returning to work that include signs for disadvantage and even discrimination.
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.
Seit 2008 gilt die UN-Konvention über die Rechte von Menschen mit Behinderungen, in deren Zentrum das Thema Inklusion, insbesondere auch auf dem Arbeitssektor, festgeschrieben wurde. Wie steht es heute um die Beschäftigungssituation behinderter Menschen in den EU-Ländern? Wie kann man die Ziele der UN-Konvention am besten erreichen?
Wenn Berufe in einer geschlechtergerechten Sprache dargestellt werden, schätzen Kinder typisch männliche Berufe als erreichbarer ein und trauen sich selbst eher zu, diese zu ergreifen. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommen Psychologinnen und Psychologen an der Freien Universität Berlin: In zwei Experimenten lasen sie 591 Grundschülerinnen und -schülern Berufsbezeichnungen entweder in geschlechtergerechter oder in männlicher Sprachform vor und ließen die Kinder die Berufe bewerten. Doch nicht nur bei Kindern ist Sprache ein Thema von großer Relevanz für D&I.
An Austrian study recently investigated how jobseekers are disadvantaged based on their ethnicity. While many studies already found that discrimination based on race is widespread in the Austrian labour market, the recent research adds new and profound insights. It shows that people belonging to ethnic minorities not only have lower rates of invitations for job interviews but – after having experienced discriminatory practices – also show less motivation and worse strategies for job seeking as well as a more negative perception of their own position and possibilities for finding a job.