Join Catherine Mattice Zundel for an in-depth discussion in this video Work/Life Balance, part of Managing Diversity.
- Family structures today are more complex than ever.…You have families made up of hetero and homosexual couples,…blended families, single parents, sandwiched adults…who are caring for elderly parents and their own children,…and spouses caring for their wounded veteran.…And to make the situation even more complex,…every culture sees family, member roles in the family,…and responsibility to family very differently.…On top of that, technology and generational gaps…make interacting with family and with co-workers…a whole new ball game.…
So the question becomes, how can you create a workplace…that meets the needs of your diverse workforce?…If you're going to successfully manage diversity…and inclusion, you must figure out the answer.…Here are two steps you can take to help you do that.…First, you must understand the needs…of your workforce.…You can do this by discussing their needs informally…at a meeting, or doing more formal…focus groups or surveys, depending on the size…of your organization.…I've included a template survey in the Exercise Files…
She outlines a process for creating a strategic plan and benchmarks for success. To bring your plan to life, she provides tips for implementing a diversity policy, recruiting and hiring, and asking diversity-related questions during interviews. (Compliance issues are also discussed along the way.) Catherine also explains how to integrate diversity within the performance management processes, including measuring employees on their ability to work well with others and measuring managers on their ability to drive and implement diversity initiatives.
Last, she covers "people practices," such as improving communication through open-door policies and ensuring work-life balance accommodates employees' lives and family responsibilities. When you're faced with organizational challenges, such as resistance to change, prejudice, or fear, Catherine provides tools to address them head-on.
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