Drop diversity quotas to focus on bottom line

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Drop diversity quotas to focus on bottom lineOn 26 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Efforts to improve diversity within organisations are more likely to succeedif they are driven by a commitment to improve the bottom line, rather thanmeeting quotas. Celia de Anca, director at Instituto de Empresa’s Center for Diversity inGlobal Management, said employers that improve the diversity of their workforceare able to respond more effectively to the needs of customers and changingmarkets. Speaking at a workshop on diversity in global management in London, shesaid: “Up to now, we have been in a world of models,” she said.”I think more and more we need to break the world of modelsÉI don’tbelieve diversity should be imposed.” According to De Anca, middle managers are most likely to be entrenched inoutdated organisational cultures and hinder attempts to improve diversity.Continued stereotyping of gender, race and religion is another obstacle thatbusiness must overcome, she added. Annette Andrews, a member of Ford Europe’s dedicated seven-person diversityteam, told delegates that employers can drive improvements to workforcediversity more effectively by maintaining separate HR and diversity teams.”Our ultimate aim is to do ourselves out of a job,” Andrews said. last_img read more