India has a special place in the world for being one of the most diverse nations in the world- in terms of culture, religions, castes, values, languages and of course gender. It is only now that corporate India is also witnessing an influx of a more diverse pool of talent- women, members of the Scheduled castes and tribes, people from rural backgrounds, the generation Y and openly gay employees to mention a few, and they’re challenging the traditional upper caste urban male domination in our offices and board rooms. Increasing awareness of the issue in the media and community ensures that companies that do not create and implement sound diversity policies may have a tough time attracting and retaining the best people in these times of acute talent crunch.
So, is there really a business case for investing in diversity management teams? If so, what are the best practices that companies in India can follow? And how do we handle sensitive issues in the workplace?
From diversity to inclusion