This article attempts to answer a difficult question: what does it take to have healthy diverse workplaces across different societies? It is a timely question to raise, due to the growing diversity of European societies in all business sectors, including communication. The term ‘diversity’ is largely used in American and British societies in the context of a workplace where different people interact. For example, people could differ in non-visible attributes such as education and professional experience and in visible attributes like gender and ethnicity. The meaning of diversity varies across societies. For instance, while in the US diversity is used in regard to ethnic groupings, in European countries diversity is largely understood in terms of gender and cultural differences.
Work, people, and diversity
Professor Dr Akram Al Ariss specialises in international human resource management at Toulouse Business School, France. His research publications, teaching and management consultancy focus on international careers of skilled expatriate and migrant workforce. He has worked with European, American and Arab institutions including the London School of Economics, Penn State University and the Qatar Foundation. His most recent book is Global Talent Management: Challenges, Strategies, and Opportunities (Springer, 2014). For further information visit www.akramalariss.com