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Diverse workforces 'require proper management'

9 October 2011

Companies have been reminded of the need to implement appropriate management infrastructures in order to create and foster a diverse working environment.

Piya Khanna, founder, executive coach and change consultant at female professional development organisation Change to Succeed, has noted that numerous business advantages are available to companies who are able to take full advantage of a diverse workforce.

These include greater business insight, improved change programme success rates and a wider range of viewpoints, but this requires proper diversity management, particular from a human resources perspective.

Ms Khanna said it is vital to plan and implement organisations systems that leverage the benefits of diversity to the maximum level, while minimising any potential risks.

She warned that firms that fail to do so will find recruitment harder in future, as "more and more people look to work in organisations with a reputation of meritocracy and egalitarianism".

Last month, Dr Jochen Menges of Cambridge Judge Business School noted that age-diverse workforces require particularly careful management, due to the conflicting viewpoints this can create.

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