Computer giant puts employees in the driving seat

first_img Comments are closed. IBM has put its drive for diversity in the hands of it workforce byempowering them to harness their creativity and make the company an employer ofchoice. The computer giant, which employs 22,000 staff in the UK, has set up morethan 150 diversity group networks, where staff with ‘common philosophies’ canmeet and share knowledge and experience that will make IBM more competitive. The voluntary groups, representing women, Asian staff and those withdisabilities, meet locally to discuss the sensitivities of workers, customersand competitors. They are organised by a core of 500 employees, but are open toall staff. The information and views collected are sent to HR, which can then‘champion the networks’. The company also hosts annual national forums, where respective local groupscan share concerns and ideas. This includes an IBM women’s conference, wheremore than 300 female staff discuss how they can be role models and play anactive part in the growth of the company. Dave Heath, HR director at IBM, said the networks were the company’s maindriver towards a diverse workforce and gave everyone in the business a voice. “The networks are more than just talking shops,” he said.”They focus the population of IBM on diversity and on how our competitorsoperate. This can only enhance business success.” Computer giant puts employees in the driving seatOn 14 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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