Monday, January 30, 2017

Managing a diverse workforce - TIMES OF MALTA

by  Lawrence Zammit
Originally published: January 27, 2017

Diversity in the workplace has become part of common parlance. Initially when speaking about diversity, we implied issues related to gender equality, which was the right thing to do. Thus businesses were expected to take affirmative action to promote equality.

We then shifted focus to other things such as age and gender orientation. To this we added the issue of diverse nationalities at the place of work. The reason for this is that in many businesses today one may find a number of nationalities, and not just Maltese. This is mainly due to the presence of what are now tens of thousands of non-Maltese in our labour force.

The strong performance of the Maltese economy has meant that there are more job opportunities than job seekers and as such has not as yet caused unemployed Maltese to grumble about this hefty presence of non-Maltese. So the issue that businesses face is the management of diversity, given a number of demographic aspects.