Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Understanding the new diversity in the workplace - LIVE MINT

Originally published: June 11, 2017
Publisher: LiveMint.com 

You are in office, working on the new project on your laptop. The new 20-something-year-old employee is working on his smartphone and somehow seems to be making more progress. Curious, you ask him about the apps he is using for the project. This is a case of reverse mentoring, where the junior person is sharing knowledge with his senior. With a diverse population working in the same company, organizations are learning how to tap into this workforce.

Diversity, as understood a few years ago, was often limited to gender or race but today the definition has become broader. It now includes education, age, cultural and even geographically different ways of working.

While a diverse workforce may not always be easy to handle, more and more firms are finding out that it does have its benefits.