Abstracts: March 1st, 2005

The report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development shows employers how diversity can help their organisations achieve word-class results and compete in the quest for talent. Organisations who do not take diversity seriously could face difficulties attracting the best candidates to fill vacancies and risk damaging efforts to achieve their own business objectives.The report highlights a number of key issues. Organisations need older workers and employers are starting to benefit from the rewards of having a workforce made up of different age groups. Training is key in order to tap into the diverse talent pool. The majority of employers now train interviewers in diversity issues and monitor diversity. However, more can be done with only 29 per cent of organisations advertising beyond traditional means to target under-represented groups. The CIPD research shows the benefits a diverse mix of people can bring to an organisation and the importance of providing training for line managers in order to demonstrate the business case behind diversity because they can help make the change. Changing mindsets and developing good practices also helps organisations retain knowledge and experience and widens the recruitment base.

report is published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is available at: