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.
A systematic literature review on careers and workplace experiences of LGBT employees has recently been published in the Human Resource Development Review. It contains a discussion of empirical findings from 263 manually selected studies dating from 1985 until today. The content emerges from within business, management and broader social sciences disciplines. We have exclusively summarised the most important results on LGBT Diversity as a contribution to this year’s Pride season.
A current study of companies owned or operated by the Czech State reveals lower numbers of women in top management and on boards compared to the country’s average. Even worse, the researcher from the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences found a negative trend over the past trend years in the Public Sector in the Czech Republic. In this respect, the country now holds the second lowest position in the EU while a positive trend is reported for the private sector, especially for companies located in Prague.
What are the bottom-line effects of cultural or ethnic diversity? How can companies benefit from this kind of diversity and at the same time avoid possible negative side effects? This exclusive extract from IBCR 3.0 presents two sample studies featured in the unique compendium of business case studies.
With networks for gay and lesbian employees having become a standard practice, the absence of LGBTI integration in many aspects of work life is often overlooked: transgender persons, gay employees in organisations belonging to the Catholic church, gays or lesbians in top management, homosexual images in advertisement. In two areas, we have seen surprisingly strong progress within a space of a few days: The Council of Europe adopted a comprehensive report on the discrimination of transgender people and a resolution based on this report passed its Parliamentary Assembly. Five days later, the German Bishops’ Conference adopted an amendment to its ecclesial labour law, which is likely to result in a huge improvement for LGBTI employees.
Der kürzlich erschienene Sonderbericht der Gesellschaft für innovative Beschäftigungsförderung (G.I.B.) verschafft einen aktuellen Überblick über die Situation von Frauen auf dem nordrheinwestfälischen Arbeitsmarkt. Er gibt unter anderem Aufschluss über die Zunahme der Erwerbstätigkeit von Frauen, die besondere Situation von Alleinerziehenden und zeigt deutlich das große ungenutzte Potenzial von Frauen für die Wirtschaft.
Millennials value personal development and work-life balance over money and status. However, they are still ambitious and believe in their own ability to steer their career. This is one of many new insights from a large survey conducted by the INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute (EMI), the HEAD Foundation and Universum. The project was undertaken to challenge stereotypes about Millennials, those born 1984-1996, and soon to be the bulk of the future workforce.
Die von der Generation Y verkörperten neuen Werte, die ganz wesentlich durch das Internet ausgelöst wurden, erfassen nach und nach ältere Manager-Generationen. Nicht nur jüngeren, sondern auch älteren Führungskräften wird Selbstverwirklichung bei der Arbeit wichtiger als Führung und Status. Zudem ist über alle Generationen hinweg ein höheres Bewusstsein für eine ausgewogene Work-Life-Balance sowie eine zunehmende Akzeptanz von Rückschritten hinsichtlich Hierarchie und Gehalt zu beobachten. Dies sind Ergebnisse des 4. Manager-Barometers von Odgers Berndtson, an dem mehr als 2.000 Führungskräfte teilnahmen.
Leading companies identify most of their innovative D&I practices in the area of ‘Development & engagement’, followed by the fields ‘Women in management positions’ and ‘Work life balance’. This is one result of the latest International study initiated by European Diversity Research & Consulting. Companies consider D&I programmes innovative if they acknowledge specific needs of certain groups or if they perceive them to be unique.
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?
Diversity & Inclusion evidently promotes performance, productivity, customer satisfaction, brand image, and competitive edge – we say. The International Business Case Report (2014) now underscores the accuracy of this statement with unprecedented empirical evidence. The 3rd edition of the unique (global) research report summarises 195 studies which illustrate the benefits and value-added from Diversity & Inclusion management in a robust, reliable and valid way. Furthermore, it reflects Diversity in its composition and structure.
A study published in the Journal of Business Ethics shows that both organisational age diversity and age diversity management practices strengthen an organisation’s attractiveness and lessen the applicants’ expectation of age discrimination. However, the study finds two different groups of people with distinct reactions to age diversity (practices).
“Where there’s a will there’s a way”, a famous proverb says. But is this true for parents of disabled children who want to return to work? A survey recently published by Working Families, a work-life organisation in the UK, suggests – sadly enough – the very opposite.
A few weeks ago, the Directorate General for Internal Policies published the study „Reasonable Accommodation and Sheltered Workshops for People with Disabilities: Costs and Returns of Investments“. It investigates different policy measures across six EU countries, which aim at supporting the employment of people with disabilities. Results suggest that not only the business but also states experience beneficial bottom line effects from an improved integration of people with disabilities in the workplace – if policy measures are chosen carefully.
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.
D&I is on the move from a social context (previously) to a more business-focused stakeholder positioning. This key finding is based on the analysis of all Annual Reports, CSR Reports and Websites of Europe’s 50 largest corporations as listed in the STOXX ® 50 Europe index. The research carried out by EMEA’s D&I pioneer research & consulting firm, EuropeanDiversity (Cologne), shows for the first time more frequent Diversity content in Annual Reports (92%) than in CSR Reports (82%).
As a new milestone in the history of the Business Case for Diversity, this 3rd edition of the unique global research report summarises 195 carefully selected studies (60 more than the previous 2012 edition) substantiating the value-added from Diversity & Inclusion. Continue reading