Magazine article Personnel Journal

Diversity Efforts Are Lagging

Magazine article Personnel Journal

Diversity Efforts Are Lagging

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THE DIVERSITY ISSUE HAS dominated the human resources agenda for the past several years, so it comes as a surprise that by 1994, fewer than half of America's largest employers had developed diversity efforts--though several are on their way.

According to a research survey of top HR professionals at Fortune 500 manufacturing services, only 41% of respondents had developed a diversity effort. By next year, however, this may change: 35% of respondents reported they were in the planning stages. Only 24% had no diversity effort, either in effect or in the planning stage.

Of those companies with diversity initiatives, efforts include a diversity training program (47%), a written diversity policy (42%) and an organization development effort (33%). The most extensively used development programs include cultural diversity awareness training (84%), training for managing diversity (83%) and training for valuing diversity (81%).

Most respondents reported their diversity initiatives target the following differences:

* Race and gender (97%)

* Age (90%)

* Ethnicity (87%)

* Physical disability (87%)

* Color (84%)

* Religion, language, sexual orientation (60 to 70%). …

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