Effective Diversity Management of Expecting and New Parents

Peter Woods,
Meredith Wilson,
Leang Phal
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This article reviews the literature relating to the workplace issues of expecting and new parents within the framework of diversity management. Family status is a secondary dimension of diversity, and organisational responses to pregnant workers, new parents and those returning to work have rarely been explored in the context of diversity management. The concepts of diversity, diversity management and the benefits of effective diversity management are explored in relation to new and expecting parents. The issues of working mothers, pregnancy, breastfeeding, discrimination, industry segmentation, organisational commitment and organisational social responsibility in relation to diversity management are discussed. Recommendations are made regarding maternity leave, paternity leave, return to work strategies, flexible work practices, organisational culture and the role of supervisors.

Keywords: Diversity Management, New Parents, Pregnancy
Stream: Organisations
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Effective Diversity Management of Expecting and New Parents

Peter Woods

Lecturer in Management, Department of Management Griffith Business School , Griffith University

Peter Woods lectures in Diversity Management at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. He has successfully managed diverse workforces in government, private and not-for-profit organisations. He was instrumental in establishing multicultural training and multicultural community service organisations in Brisbane. His research interests include cross-cultural management, diversity management and management education.

Meredith Wilson

National On-Site Training

Leang Phal

Department of Management, Griffith Business School

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