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Sharon A. Lobel

In: Handbook of Gender & Work

Chapter 23: Impacts of Diversity and Work-Life Initiatives in Organizations

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Impacts of Diversity and Work-Life Initiatives in Organizations
Impacts of diversity and work-life initiatives in organizations
Sharon A.Lobel

As of 1997, about one-third of the 500 largest companies in the United States had workplace diversity programs and another one-third had programs in planning stages (Blackmon, 1997). Despite evidence of growth in the number and range of diversity initiatives in organizations, the political, economic, and social climate is not altogether favorable for diversity management (Lobel, 1996). Continued support and investment in diversity cannot be taken for granted.

In the 1980s and 1990s, the political climate moved away from government intervention to create diversity and achieve equal opportunity in organizations (see Chapter 22 by Konrad and Linnehan in this volume for more on affirmative action issues). During the Reagan and ...

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