What problems might I expect to encounter related to championing diversity in the workplace? Also, what is a good tool to measure the return on investment of having a diverse workforce? I’ve heard varying accounts of whether diversity is a useful tool or merely a politically correct buzzword.
Louis Uchitelle has been writing about business, labor and economics for The New York Times since 1987. In his new book, he discusses how employers, government and society as a whole have become too indifferent to the growing trend of layoffs in this country.Read More
Minorities are an increasingly large and important part of the workforce as the nation’s population becomes more ethnically and racially diverse. Building a diverse workforce is a strategy that makes good business sense.Read More
What tools, processes, incentives or other recognition might we use to make diversity hiring a positive effort for supervisors, rather than appearing to be just another add-on to their already weighty workload? As a member of our affirmative action plan team, I know that there long has been a hurdle in achieving affirmative action/diversity success.
Bell, Raytheon's chief diversity officer, has seen how companies’ challenges have evolved from identifying the basic differences associated with race and gender to having a greater understanding of cultural differences that occur in the workplace.Read More
Can an employer treat female employees differently than male employees and still comply with federal "equal treatment" requirements?Read More
I need to propose, design and implement a development program for senior executives in our multinational corporation. These corporate managers hail from a range of different cultures and operate over a wide geographical region. What essential assumptions and issues need to be considered? What best practices could be incorporated as a platform? Are there some issues I need to be especially heedful of in the design?
Lawrence V. Jackson, Wal-Mart’s new chief human resources officer, has been both a friend to workers and a tough-minded management honcho. He’ll need both sets of skills as he steps into a leadership role at a company facing class-action lawsuits, unionization battles and huge worldwide growth.Read More
Financial education programs speak to special challenges raised by cultural factors and longer life expectancy. Weyerhaeuser’s approach is a model.Read More
How can we manage the performance of the older workers (ages 55 to 65) who intend to continue working past retirement age? Are there specific ways to do this?