Diversity in the Workplace
Related guides & posts
Most of the resources listed on this guide are focused on ethnic diversity or on gender diversity with a narrow focus on female/male representation, but your audience may also be interested in neurodiversity and in a more detailed look at gender and sexual orientation. Consider some of the resources in these other guides that I created in the last couple years. (Some of the links in these older guides may now be broken.)
Also see my guide to Recruiting Millennials and Gen Z since one of the concerns of your audience is the effect on employee recruitment of any changes that they make.
In addition, I wrote a blog post in Spring 2022 highlighting many EDI+Work resources, especially some very practical and recent ebooks: Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace: Ebooks, cases & articles to support your journey
Articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers
A. This topic has many possible diversity angles. There may be (at least) gender, age and ethnicity issues to research, which means you may need to consider a long list of keywords and phrases!
Start by searching in Business Source Complete using various combinations of such Subjects as:
Employment of minorities Sex discrimination in employment Age discrimination in employment Women executives Labor laws Diversity in the workplace Employment of ethnic groups Women employees Employment discrimination Corporate culture Glass ceiling (Employment discrimination) Employee selection Work environment Women's employment Personnel management
- Here's a link to my initial (rough) exploratory search in Business Source Complete. Add or subtract terms to focus on different angles.
B. For more of a Canadian perspective (really important!), try CBCA Complete and look for articles using the same terms (as keywords rather than subjects) that you used in Business Source Complete. Also try Canadian Newsstream for Canadian newspaper articles.
- Here's an initial (very rough) search in Canadian Newsstream to get you started. Remember to follow any clues about research studies, experts, etc. -- news articles are a great starting point, but they rarely provide the entire story.
C. This sort of topic is often covered by research institutes, think tanks, and government departments. Our Canada Commons database contains many online reports from such organizations. Also try the related Policy Commons database that covers similar content on a global scale.
A. Try combinations of the subjects listed above for Business Source Complete in the SFU Library Catalogue.
Start with the term: Diversity in the workplace, but also explore topics such as...
- Minorities - Employment
- Immigrants - Employment
- Conflict of generations
- Discrimination in employment
A few examples of the titles you should find with those searches:
- Hiring for Diversity: The Guide to Building an Inclusive and Equitable Organization (2021)
- Belonging : The Key to Transforming and Maintaining Diversity, Inclusion and Equality at Work (2020)
- Cooperative gaming : diversity in the games industry and how to cultivate inclusion (2020)
- Authentic diversity : how to change the workplace for good (2021)
- Unleashing the power of diversity : how to open minds for good (2019)
- Pushing our understanding of diversity in organizations (2020)
- Creating Gender-Inclusive Organizations: Lessons from Research and Practice (2020)
The resources below are in the order that they occur to me, not of importance... only you and your team can decide what really counts as important for your audience!
- Women in tech
- Ways of improving diversity and inclusion in advertising U.S. 2021
- Workforce diversity at online companies - Statistics & Facts
- Leading factors when choosing a job for Millennials and Generation Z in the United States in 2019
- Most frequently reported barriers to gender parity in the workforce, as of July 2015
- Share of workers in the United States who believe diversity and inclusion is essential to a supportive company culture in 2019, by community
Note: If you don't see "Simon Fraser University" at the top of the page for each of those Statista examples, come back to this page and click on the titles again.
B. Check out the local Get in the Know site, a product of the DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society.
C. Statistics Canada can be a great place for data on things like ethnicity and gender among employees. Start with their Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion statistics hub, but also search their site to dig up reports such as:
- Survival and Performance of Start-ups by Gender of Ownership: A Canadian Cohort Analysis
- Gender Differences in Quits and Absenteeism in Canada
- Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report -- Paid Work
- Study: A look at immigration, ethnocultural diversity and languages in Canada up to 2036, 2011 to 2036
E. I've seen a few sources that mentioned the list of Canada's Top Diversity Employers. Maybe useful if you're looking for best practices?
F. There have been many news stories over the last few years about the lack of diversity -- especially gender diversity -- in major software firms and the initiatives those companies were undertaking to correct the problem. Maybe some lessons to be learned there...?
Sample of news stories about such topics:
- ‘There’s a diversity grift right now’: Employees at center of racial controversies at tech companies speak out
- When It Comes to Diversity in Tech, Companies Find Safety in Numbers"
- Apple commits $100 million to racial equity programs while disclosing its own diversity hiring record
As I mentioned in the Canadian Newsstream section above, the value in many news articles is often in the clues they give you about other places and subtopics to search... what other organizations or researchers are mentioned? What actions or issues come up that might be worth investigating further in other sources? Are legal or optical issue brought up? How about barriers to change? Or maybe expected benefits of changes based on specific research?
G. Don't ignore older academic/scholarly articles, even if you think they might be outdated! If they are close enough to your topic, then it's possible newer articles have cited them. Google Scholar can be a great way to find such newer, citing articles. For example...
- The 2009 article BOSSES' PERCEPTIONS OF FAMILY-WORK CONFLICT AND WOMEN'S PROMOTABILITY: GLASS CEILING EFFECTS has been cited by over 600 newer articles in Google Scholar, some of which may be useful for your research.
H. The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) might have some useful resources for you. For example:
- The Digital-Led New Normal: Revised Labour Market Outlook for 2022
- Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Spectrum Tool
- 2016 TechTalentBC Report: Identifying Supply, Demand And Essential Skills In BC’s Growing Tech Sector
- 2016 Cities Of Migration Conference: Prosperity Through Diversity.
- The Talent Imperative in a Global Context
I. Many consulting firms offer insights on trends like this one. For example:
- See also the McKinsey Quarterly via the SFU Library
- PwC: Research & Insights - Global Diversity & Inclusion Survey
- EYQ: Megatrends and Beyond -- page on COVID-19 topics to find reports such as Diversity & Inclusiveness
- Deloitte: Insights - Diversity & Inclusion
- Mercer - Insights - Pursuing successful diversity and inclusion strategies
- BCG - Diversity & Inclusion Insights
J. As I mentioned at the start, there are diverse ways to view diversity. Much of the information above is focused on ethnic diversity or in gender diversity with a narrow focus on female/male representation, but your audience may also be interested in neurodiversity and in a more detailed look at gender and sexual orientation. Consider some of the resources on these other guides that I created in the last couple years.
- Inclusive and Innovative Workplaces: Autism and Disabilities
- Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace
- JEDI Development at SFU
(Some of the links in those guides may be broken, but most should still work!)
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