concurrent workshops (fringe)
F6 Diversity Management: a generation cohort perspective
Kristin Lyon, HR Advisor,
Royal NZ Plunket Society Inc
Managers in New Zealand organisations are finding managing
diversity is increasingly a challenge they face as they respond
to demographic changes, changes in the composition of the
available talent pool and increasing links between diversity
and business success. Simply keeping within current anti-discrimination
legislation and expressing a wish to be a “fair” employer
will no longer be sufficient to maintain competitive advantage.
This workshop aims to provide an overview of diversity
management, the concept of generational cohorts as a form
and its links to organisations competitive advantage.
The session will conclude with a brief overview of the
current research and how she believes this will contribute
to a better understanding of generational diversity and what
implications these findings may have for organisations.
Attendees to this workshop will be able to:
- Gain the latest knowledge about diversity management.
- Identify the characteristics of each of the 4
generational cohorts in the workplace today.
- Appreciate the importance of managing diversity and its links to competitive advantage.
- Share understanding and experiences of generational
Presentation 35%; Q&A 10%;
group work 55%
Kristin Lyon is a MHRINZ with over six years HR experience.
Kristin has worked for organisations in the Education,
Not for Profit sectors as well as an HR consultant. Kristin’s
experience includes Health and Safety, Remuneration, Industrial
Relations, Recruitment and Retention, Performance Management,
Change Management, and Management Development.
Kristin completed her MA in Occupational Psychology at Massey
University in Palmerston North in 1994 before heading off
on her OE where her experiences included teaching conversational
English at a University in Moscow. After returning from her
OE Kristin began extramural study towards a Post Graduate
Diploma in Business and Administration endorsed in Human
Resource Management graduating in May 2002.
Kristin is currently employed by the Royal New Zealand Plunket
Society Inc. based in their Wellington National Office. She
is also working towards her PhD in Human Resource Management
at Massey University. Her area of interest is the area of
diversity management with respect to generational cohorts.
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