Diversity Management Article

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Managing diversity encompasses the treatment of people as individual persons. The individual may represent employees, customers or clients as the individual can act in any of these capacities. "Factors such as sex, age, background, race and disability are taken into account to create a productive environment in which organisational goals are met efficiently and effectively by making the best use of everyone's talents and potential" (CIPD)


However diversity management is viewed more as an organizational imperative. Though the objective of diversity management is also the utilization of all available talents it is said that there is a shift in the orientation of this policy from the concept of equal opportunities. Nevertheless the concept diversity management as an emerging aspect of Human Resources Management (HRM) is occupying a central place in the recent periods. In this context this paper presents an overview of the conceptualization of diversity management, the issues connected therewith and presents an evaluation of some of the ways in which the present day organizations can improve upon their policies on managing diversity to make it more effective.
"Managing diversity effectively follows on from, and expands on equal opportunities"(NCVO) Equal opportunities is about keeping within the law and the decisions about the payment of wages, recruitment and promotional policies are to be framed on the basis of the capabilities of the individuals to perform their functions effectively. ...
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