Managing Diversity at Workplace

Diversity: An Overview
Workplace diversity refers to the variety of differences between people in an organization. Diversity encompasses race, gender, ethnic group, age, personality, cognitive style, tenure, organizational function, education, background and much more.

Diversity: An Overview

Changing Workforce

legislation and law suits

Competitive pressures

Reasons for Increasing Diversity

recognition and desire for diverse viewpoint

Diversity Model

Rapidly growing International Business

Implications of workforce diversity



Increased adaptability Broader products & service range Variety of viewpoints More effective execution Reducing costs associated with turnover, absenteeism and low productivity Return on Investment (ROI) from various initiatives, policies and practices (Govt. Aids, Brand Image, SEZs, FDIs)

Benefits Contd«
DuPont, for example, considers diversity a business imperative vital to ongoing renewal and competitiveness in the 21st century. This philosophy was illustrated when the company learned how one small change could directly translate into significant profits. At DuPont Merck, the sales of an anticoagulant drug in the Hispanic markets were low. When a Hispanic manager noticed that the drug was only labeled in English and consequently translated the instructions into Spanish, sales improved significantly. Now, educational materials for the drug are translated into 15 languages and bring in millions of dollars in new business.

Leveraging the Power of Difference for Competitive Advantage
Society for Human Resource Management, U.S., conducted a study, where it was found that, HR professionals from top 100 companies on Fortune's list, stated that, ´diversity initiatives provide organizations with a competitive advantage by positive improvements in corporate culture, employee morale, retention and recruitmentµ. For example, 40% of companies ensure leadership development programs are available to all employees, 34% increase innovation by tapping talent of employees of all backgrounds, and 31% utilize diverse experiences for special projects and assignments.

Communication Resistance to change Implementation of diversity in the workplace policies Difference in attitude, values and belief Differences in motivational needs..

Overcoming the challenge«
Organizations should Foster an attitude of openness Ward off change resistance with inclusion of people in decision making & policy formulation Implementation of diversity in the workplace plan (family ² friendly ) Promote diversity in leadership positions Utilize diversity training Mentoring programs

Overcoming the challenge Contd«

Individual approaches«


Views amongst the business world
At a symposium regarding diversity in the workplace, 400 executives agreed that "diversity programs help to ensure the creation, management, valuing and leveraging of a diverse workforce that will lead to organizational effectiveness and sustained competitiveness."

´Diversity represents a company·s fundamental attitude that not only respects and values the individuality of its employees but also understands how to tap the potentially significant contributions inherent in diversity.µ Alexandra Groess Allianz Group·s International Diversity Project Head

Coca ² Cola having a special Diversity council and Forum shares the vision as: ´ we foster open environments, as diverse as the markets we serve, where workplace rights are respected and people are inspired to be the best they can be...µ

IBM·s Viewpoint
Diversity as a business strategy There is an alignment between diversity and business strategy at IBM. They deviated from the notion that differences in Cultural aspects should be suppressed for the benefit of the organization and rather they created task force to encourage diversity. IBM went beyond just complying with laws. Diversity was imbibed into the culture of the organization and was made part of the company·s vision

Pepsi·s Strategy
In April, 2005, Diversity Inc. ranked Pepsi 4th amongst the best companies for diversity on its annual list. Pepsi was ranked as best workplace for African American and Latinos. Reinemund, Chairman & CEO Pepsi Co. stated that, ´I believe that companies that figure out the diversity challenge first, will clearly have a competitive advantageµ

Indira Nooyi, The CEO of Pepsi, said the full potential of diversity can not be realized without an inclusive culture. By the end of 2004, Pepsi had 29% women in Managerial position as against 24% in 2000 and the percentage of colored people in management jobs went up from 11% in 2000 to 17% in 2004.

Assets Make Things Possible... People Make Things Happen«

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