The Section #377 Ruling: A new dawn for employee engagement

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The Supreme Court ruling on the draconian British era-law has ushered in a new dawn for companies to better engage with their workforce. India Inc has responded wholeheartedly to this landmark ruling – calling it a ‘great victory’ for justice.

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Diversity and Employee Engagement

Research has proven that inclusive and diverse organisations tend to be the most successful ones as well.

However, the definition of what constitutes diversity has been fluid over the years.

While companies today are delving into the minutiae of encouraging diversity at the workplace by focusing even on matters like communication and thinking styles, sexual orientation has typically been a taboo. The data would suggest that diversity beyond gender and race – like that in sexual orientation and a global mindset would also likely bring some level of competitive advantage for firms.

Unseen effect of the Law:

In his classic essay “The Seen and the Unseen”, Frederic Bastiat refers to the hidden economic impact of events and decisions

Traditionally companies have focused on complying with various laws that govern equal opportunity in the workplace. While progress has been made in ensuring diversity based on gender, physical abilities and representation of backward classes – the law of the land dealing with homosexuality has always been a barrier to true inclusiveness.

With lack of clarity on the legal issues surrounding this topic, it has always been a challenge for the management of any company to take an open stand on the matter.

The power of diversity

 Diversity helps organisations to:

  • Win the War for Talent: Technology is having a massive impact on the type of talent that is now sought after by organisations. Even in emerging markets, the war for talent is intensifying. Restrictive laws on matters like sexual orientation can have a direct and indirect impact in excluding top talent for joining an organisation.
  • Strengthen Customer Orientation: The research points out that women and minority groups often have a significant impact on crucial consumer decisions. Having the ability to include members from all sections of society explicitly gives companies a competitive advantage in fine-tuning their customer orientation.
  • Increase Employee Satisfaction: Increasing diversity in the workplace reduces conflict between groups, has a positive impact on collaboration and increases loyalty to the organisation.
  • Improve Decision Making: Research has established that diverse groups often outperform ‘experts’. Diversity has a substantial positive impact on bringing in new perspectives and approaches to solving critical problems.
  • Enhance the company Image: Companies that are seen as being inclusive and socially responsible are also viewed as employers of choice. With a multi-generational workforce and global teams, this is becoming more important than ever.

 

Starting new conversations:

 The supreme court judgement marks the end of the first chapter in a long drawn out battle for social legitimacy by the LGBTQ+ community. Dynamic companies now have an opportunity to provide a massive boost to employee engagement and gain a competitive advantage by modifying their people policies to reflect this grand new reality.

 

References: 

  • Diversity Matters, McKinsey and Company, February 2015
  • This is the beginning of the end of prejudice: Supreme Court, 06 Sep 2018, LiveMint
  • India Inc applauds ‘great victory’ for justice, 06 Sep 2018, LiveMint

 

n:gage: Interview with Sonali Roychowdhury, HR Director – India/Middle-east/ Africa Distributor Operations, and Indian Sub-continent, Procter and Gamble.

In the July issue of n:Gage leader speak, Sonali RoyChowdhury, HR Director, P&G India, answers questions about everything from the brilliant CSR programs that are run in India to challenges of engaging and motivating a multicultural workforce.  

Sonali shares…

….employees are more engaged and happier working for a company with strong value system and “doing the right thing” culture, and multiple internal/ external surveys keep validating this. Apart from our formal programs, we also have lots of informal employee-led “circles” under a program called ‘Vibrant Living’ which are actively doing their bit in making a difference to the world!

You can read the PDF version here

Where Appraisal meets Engagement…

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It’s that time of the year again! When the industry buzzword is “Appraisal” ….. at least for a few months.

For employees – commences the race to getting to the highest bonus bracket.

For managers, supervisors – dealing with the stress of negotiations, confrontations and potentially unwarranted employee pride

For HR – is the true test of their Performance Management strategy Continue reading “Where Appraisal meets Engagement…”

5 Employee Engagement tips from the Baahubali Saga

5 Employee Engagement tips from the Baahubali Saga

 

 

 

 

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has been making waves at the box office. Everyone wanted to know why Kattappa killed Amarendra Baahubali. A story of intrigue, ambition, greed, love, loyalty and everything in between.

Like all good stories, there are nuggets of wisdom embedded in there that leaders can put to good use. So here are five employee engagement tips from the story. (Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t seen the movie, and are planning on seeing it, you might want to skip this post for now and come back later once you have seen the visual treat) Continue reading “5 Employee Engagement tips from the Baahubali Saga”