Do we value Diversity at work?

Diversity at work can help attract talent, increase creativity to find solutions and improve the understanding of business needs amongst other things according to the experts Kossek and Lobel. But do we value Diversity at work?

At Hewlett Packard while I was the Diversity lead for the Personal Systems Business at European level, I started to investigate the attitude of young men and women towards Gender Diversity.

I wrote an article with Antonio Nuñez Partido and Belén Urosa of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas that was published in the 12th IAJBS Forum de Beirut in 2006. The research was carried out through a questionnaire of 25 items around Diversity that was answered by 214 university students.

The results show the participating university students value positively diversity in general and gender diversity in particular. So they perceive the advantages of a diverse workforce in terms of attraction and creativity. This is good news.

Nevertheless, further research would be needed to understand how much these thoughts impact their attitude once they join the labor market.

If you are interested in reading the full article, it is available at the following link: University Students´ attitude towards Gender Diversity