New Trends in Leveraging Workforce Diversity through Human Resource Management Initiatives

New Trends in Leveraging Workforce Diversity through Human Resource Management Initiatives

Mercedes Sanchez-Apellaniz (University of Seville, Spain) and Rafael Triguero-Sánchez (University of Seville, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1933-1.ch094

Abstract

Tremendous forces are radically reshaping the world of work and workforce diversity is steadily growing. If effective diversity management can only be achieved by means of the use of appropriate human resources strategies, HRM need to change his role. This chapter intends to explore such new trends and new practices on HRM, analyze which of them can be employed and which are more appropriate for an optimal management of workforce diversity and to obtain a competitive advantage for companies in the global economy.
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The Future Of Work And The Workforce

The world is going through a huge demographics transition that will reshape nations, economies and markets over the next 50 years. Forecasts by United Nations predict the world’s population peaking and then stabilizing by 2050 (Taggart, 2013, p. 6). The HSBC Report (Ward, 2011) highlights a massive demographic change in 2050: the population of many African countries will double and, by contrast, in other countries (Japan, Russia, the Eurozone) working population looks set to contract.

The demographics of the population and the workplace in Europe, Australia, BRICS countries and other continents are changing drastically because of a number of factors, such as an increasing number of ethnic and religious minorities, women, older persons and single people with caring responsibilities in the workplace (Bisin, Patacchini, Verdier & Zenou, 2011)

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