Women and minorities denied senior gradesOn 20 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Halfof employers are failing to develop under-represented groups, such as women andethnic minorities, as senior managers, according to the Industrial Society.TheManaging Best Practice report reveals that 55 per cent of companies do not knowwhat steps to take to ensure that these groups receive senior managementdevelopment. This is despite 74 per cent of employers having, or working on, asenior management development strategy.FrancescaOkosi, HR director for the London Borough of Brent suggests that the results ofthe survey indicate that employers need to do more work to improve theirrecords.Shesaid, “There are ways to fast-track staff in a fair way, such as shadowing andmentoring, which are not labour-intensive or expensive for employers. It’sincumbent on employers to have a more diverse workforce across managementlevels.”AndrewForrest, director of learning and development for the Industrial Society, saidthere is a mismatch between what employers value in senior management and whataction they take. Hesaid, “Of the 29 attributes valued in senior management, the ability to changeis rated highest of all (78 per cent). “Oneof the most challenging changes facing organisations is to take action onpolicies about valuing diversity. Companies that fail to support diversity mayfind that people take their talent elsewhere.” Otherfindings show that the senior management quality most valued by UK companies iseffective communication (75 per cent) and the ability to perform a job withinbudget (74 per cent). TheIndustrial Society surveyed 295 personnel and HR specialists in the public,manufacturing and services sectors.ByKaren Higginbottom Related posts:No related photos.