The German employment and labor relations are increasingly shaped by labor participation of women, migrants and older people. Therefore, even smaller enterprises must assess the level of diversity of its staff, as well as develop strategies for diversity management. The understanding and management of diversity has an important impact on relationships in the work environment – not only between employees and employers but among employees as well.

A tool for diversity management developed by the Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund (Social research center at the TU Dortmund) as an internet-based analyzing tool on behalf of the Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) supports the implementation of diversity management.

Based on the description of this tool there arises the problem of establishing diversity management as a routine to change work and labor relations in a sustainable way. For this reason, two questions have to be answered: How can diversity management be disseminated in enterprises and what kind of requirements must be met?


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