|Local Diversity and Inclusion|
A Local and Global Perspective on DiversityITAP’s diversity and inclusion (D&I) practice helps organizations leverage diversity to achieve their desired business goals. ITAP sees diversity operating on two levels. One level is local. Here, we address issues such as diversity at the local school, hospital, or a local hotel, office or factory that hires minorities to join their existing labor pool. This local level of diversity and inclusion is addressed in this page. The second layer of diversity deals with diversity as an essential competitive advantage for global corporations and is addressed in a separate page.
Diversity at Work: Diversity and Inclusion
With consultants in over 30 countries, ITAP understands that the perspective on and manner in which we deal with diversity on a local lever differs. In Europe, for example, ITAP serves organizations for whom diversity is often about “them,” and the diversity challenge lies in the tension between an older population and more recent migrants. Open borders within the European Union has resulted in greatly changed demographic makeup of communities. Dealing with this requires diversity expertise. Clients in Europe typically seek to get along better with “them,” and improve communication and collaboration.
In Canada and the USA, diversity and inclusion are commonly thought of as building upon the legal framework of Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity which define certain “protected classes.” In the US, diversity work is often a compliance issue focused to protect the rights or the workers could be disadvantaged or discriminated against due to gender, age, sexual orientation, race or ethnic background.
ITAP works with all types of organizations including:
To make D&I initiatives sustainable, ITAP always ensures alignment with organizational goals. This is a foundational component of ITAP’s D&I practice. ITAP helps organizations create an inclusive workplace in which all stakeholders work together towards common goals or business outcomes. Diversity and inclusion are about the mix of similarities and differences in the workforce, taking into account human attributes. Clients seek interventions to improve operating results and manage their reputation by building cooperation and collaboration. The diversity intervention typically focuses on creating an inclusive workplace that welcomes the contribution of all employees, both regardless of, and because of their cultural identity.
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ITAP's Research-based Tools for Diversity
ITAP supports its diversity and inclusion practice with unique tools and processes that are research-based and vetted and reliable across cultures. ITAP’s proprietary tools can be used to diagnose and resolve diversity challenges. For example:
ITAP’s competency tools ensure that organizations have the right people with the right skills in the right jobs. Organizations identify capability gaps at the individual level, and then aggregate this data to identify gaps at the job, team and organizational levels. The capability data can be likened to a map, or a blueprint. Based on the blueprint, ITAP draws up a plan broaden and deepen the talent pool available to the business - facilitating “career pathing,” internal mobility and transferability across functions and departments. This helps avoid discrimination and legal penalties and increases productivity.
The Culture in the Workplace Questionnaire™ (CWQ) is used to:
The CWQ is particularly useful for organizations with employees, partners, or customers from more than one national cultural group. It may also be very helpful with extremely-diverse domestic organizations. The instrument builds sensitivity to cultural differences and provides a framework for people to develop skills in communicating and working effectively with, and understanding the needs of, people from cultures other than their own.
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