Diversity

This discipline deals with the definition and multiple dimensions contributing to diversity including age, gender, socio-economic status and beliefs. The business case for managing diversity in the workplace is outlined from creating greater inclusiveness to harnessing the potential of diverse cultures to drive innovation, flexibility and effectively manage change. Specific challenges related to managing diversity are highlighted in this discipline, including stereotyping, prejudices and reverse discrimination. Interventions to actively support diversity and inclusion are outlined along with key success factors for designing, promoting and implementing effective diversity initiatives. The Diversity discipline stresses on measuring the bottom line impact and return on investment of such initiatives as also elaborates the Diversity function and the role of the Diversity Practitioner. The discipline also covers the trends and implications for managing diversity in the future. This discipline does not cover Workplace Flexibility which comes under the discipline of Employee Advocacy.

Articles

Sexual Harassment @ Workplace - Clear Policies Make an Impact

When was the last time you came across a sexual harassment compliant at your organisation? 

Success Factors of Cross Cultural Diversity Training Programs

Designing cross cultural diversity training programs requires acute understanding of underlying success factors

Multigenerational Diversity in the Workplace - An India Perspective

Today, most references to Diversity and Inclusion in India highlight gender and disability. However, organisations of the future need to leverage the strengths of multiple generations within their workforce in a way that leads to collaboration, incre

Research Papers

11/04/2014

Employee Generations in the Indian Workplace A Research Report by the Society for Human Resource Management in India and Prof. Vasanthi Srinivasan, IIM Bangalore.

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05/03/2014

Employee Generations in the Indian Workplace

A Research Report by the Society for Human Resource Management in India and Prof. Vasanthi Srinivasan, IIM Bangalore.

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18/09/2012

“Do values differ across generations? – A study in the Indian workplace”, Paper accepted for Poster Presentation at ISSWOV (International Society for the Study of Work & Organizational Values) Conference, June 24-27th 2012.

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Case Studies

12/09/2012 Understanding Your Workforce     Click here to download the case study
18/09/2012 This case study on HCL anchors the key driver of all multigenerational initiatives: employees first. The success of these initiatives lie in implementing them with a specific focus to engage employees across boundaries, going beyond the employee ecosystem, and covering community service. most of it in the nature of the india.  ...
By Rita Rizzo, MSc, CMC 05/10/2010 This case study, written for undergraduate students, is based on generational differences in a metropolitan children’s museum. Employees from various generations experience communication challenges, differing values systems, disparate approaches to work, and interpersonal conflict. Learners assume different...

Tools & Templates

Checklist of Diversity Assessment Tools and Metrics relevant to India

Introduction:

Diversity is a business imperative in the corporate world today and organizations are slowly gaining cognizance of the fact that talent is distributed across varied groups of individuals, and that in order to get the right fitment for a position it is necessary to consider inclusion of all these groups....

Diversity Policy

India has an inconceivably diverse population that it is often difficult for individuals to perceive the differences in their entirety. Despite this, our diversity initiatives are lagging behind the developed nations. One could attribute this to centuries of subjugation by colonials.   Fortunately many organizations are realizing the...

How can we get our managers to think more inclusively?

We've all heard it before from frustrated managers and even senior management: "Do we have to buy Joe a larger office chair to accommodate his obesity?" or "Must we let Sarah leave early every Friday so she can be home before sundown?" But how often do we get to hear "What can I do to get Joe a better chair for his size...

Blogs

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We know that these two areas are linked. But what we are yet to understand is which one determines or impacts the other. So in essence, we are trying to answer this core question through the article – Does a flexible workplace lead to a more diverse workforce being there within an organization OR if the organization has a diverse workforce it...
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LET’S PLAY TOGETHER Okay, we are different it's true.  And I don't like to do all the things that you do.  But here's one thing to think through,  you are a lot like me and I'm a lot like you! -- Robert Alan Silverstein   “We are an Equal Opportunity employer! We encourage, educated women to apply! We are a strong Diversity...
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The importance of having Diversity Metrics In the past few articles we have shared various elements of Diversity , as well as the importance of Diversity audits. While our country does not make diversity a legal compliance area, in order to be perceived as a global organization that believes in equal opportunities, organizations must proactively...

Featured Books & Publications

By Anil K. Gupta and Haiyan Wang Economic power is shifting rapidly from the West to the East—especially to China and India. China appears destined to become the world's largest economy by 2025. India, trailing China by about 12 years, will rank among the world's top three or four by then. By 2025, China and India will also likely account for...
1/7/2004 Most people have relatively limited capacity for transferring a concept from an example case to a novel situation unless there is a specific discussion of the metacognitive strategies in the various teaching tools. Source: Earley, P. C., & Peterson, R. S. (2004, March). The elusive cultural chameleon: Cultural Intelligence as a new...