Gen-Y hoch 4: Die Vielfalt der Generation Y – und was sie dennoch eint

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.

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How fostering gender equality could add up to $28 trillion to global growth

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.

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Survey finds success factors for cross-cultural Diversity Management targeting Third Country Nationals

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.

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Befragung zeigt: Flexibles Arbeiten ist ein Muss – und muss sorgfältig ausgewogen werden

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.

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Quickly getting old: Diversity Study featured in Museum exhibition

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.

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Spain’s best-kept secret good practice in including students with intellectual disabilities

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.

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Neue wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse zu Unconscious Bias zeigen, dieses Konzept ist keine Wunderwaffe

Aktuelle Forschung zu Unconscious Bias hat ergeben, dass Bewusstsein für und Besorgnis über die Äußerung von Bias dazu beitragen, Rückmeldungen anzunehmen und Schritte zu dessen Reduzierung einzuleiten. Die Studie von Perry, Murphy und Dovidio (in Druck) fand heraus, dass weiße TeilnehmerInnen mit hohen Punktwerten auf einer neu entwickelten Skala zum Bias-Bewusstsein wahrscheinlicher die (fiktiven) Ergebnisse eines Instruments zur Messung von Bias zu akzeptieren, welches ihre Präferenz für weiße Menschen gegenüber dunkelhäutigen Menschen anzeigt. TeilnehmerInnen mit einem geringeren Bias-Bewusstsein tendierten dazu, solche Rückmeldung abzulehnen. Weiterhin stellte sich die persönliche Akzeptanz von Bias-Rückmeldungen als das essentielle Verbindungsstück zwischen Bias-Bewusstsein und Bias-reduzierenden Maßnahmen für diejenigen TeilnehmerInnen heraus, denen mitgeteilt wurde, sie hätten einen solchen Bias. Diese Ergebnisse bestätigen, dass lediglich Unconscious Bias Training allein nicht die Gesamtheit der subtilen und offenkundigen Diskriminierungen, Ungleichgewichte und Ungleichheiten in eine faire und inklusive Kultur wandeln wird.

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Umgekehrter Bias: Wenn persönliche Überzeugungen den Blick auf Daten und Fakten verstellen

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.

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New study shows why getting majority members on board of D&I work pays off

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.

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The Invisible Carer: Employers need to do more to help their caring workforce

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.

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Employers claim they care about working mothers but don’t deliver on retention

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. 

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Benefits from flexibility – agile working environments

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.

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Studie: Geschlechtergerechte Sprache beeinflusst Wahrnehmung von Berufen

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. 

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“Oh, your German is really good!“ – How the experience of discrimination affects jobseekers

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.

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Timely study for Pride Season: LGBT research review offers insight for D&I practitioners

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.

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Czech Public Sector has decreased female representation in management to second lowest EU level

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.

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Sudden progress on two LGBTI taboo issues in Europe and in the Catholic Church in Germany

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.

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