Nők az úton

Éld az álmaid

“We’re Not Here to Make Revolution” (AmCham.hu)

amchamlogoDiversity Matters
“We’re Not Here to Make Revolution, This is Our Company Culture” (AmCham HUNGARY, July 28, 2011)  By Zsuzsa Béres
While reporting on Hungarian women for a decade now, I have found that no issue causes more pain than discrimination and exclusion in the workplace. The U.S.-based company Morgan Stanley has been a leader in promoting workplace diversity here in Hungary, and we sat down with its Managing Director, Marybeth Cagney,* and Human Resources Director, Eva Bresztyenszky to understand how the company puts diversity to work in an environment where it is yet to become mainstream.

Zsuzsa Béres: Former Harvard President Larry Summers once suggested that the under-representation of women in science and engineering could be due to a “different availability of aptitude at the high end,” and less to patterns of discrimination and socialization. Your response?

Marybeth Cagney: I don’t agree with that position, but perhaps it is not all due todiscriminationeither. Here at Morgan Stanley inMarybethpic Hungary we do tend to see fewer women in technology. Do we think that it’s because there’s less smart women out there? Definitely not. But the reality is that those women are choosing not to go down the career path of technology and science. What we need to do is make them aware that those paths are not only available to them, but also attractive career options.

ZB: What does diversity mean in Morgan Stanley’s corporate context?

MBC: It means having a diverse workforce, i.e. employing people from many different cultural backgrounds, and not discriminating against anyone based on their gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion or anything else. By having that diverse workforce we better represent our clients because they themselves are very diverse. All we’re really trying to do is say we have diverse clients, shouldn’t we have a diverse workforce to best represent their interests?

breszteva2webÉva Bresztyenszky: One focus area these days very much involves gender, providing support to ourwomen employees. We have made this a priority and really put a great deal of emphasis on it. Morgan Stanley has a group of employee networks that are a significant aspect of the company’s diversity efforts. These networks are run by employees and they develop their own goals for the year, which can range from mentoring and support, to outreach programs, to workshops. We also strive to ensure that our male employees are sensitized to gender issues. Our parents’ network is very much aligned with our women’s network, since women in Hungary are usually the prime caregivers for small children. However we also want to make a real difference in opening up to the LGBT community so that is a new area of focus for us.

ZB: Your company culture seems to me quite unusual for Hungary.

EB: Morgan Stanley’s company culture has grown up over many years and is an important part of what makes us a successful global company. So we think it’s very important to embrace concepts like inclusiveness and diversity, even if they are less usual in Hungary. Disability is likewise a priority issue for HR here in Budapest.  We try to help our employees understand why it’s so important to personally experience diversity in our day-to-day life, and they really appreciate it. It is well-known how challenging it is to attract and keep Generation Y employees. Offering them a diverse work culture is another way to appeal to them.

ZB: Morgan Stanley seems to have made revolutionary strides towards equal employment opportunities for Hungarian women.

MBC: We’re not here to make a revolution, this is our company culture. Diversity essentially means treating your peers with respect and respecting them for their individualism.EB: The way we handle diversity has become so integrated into our daily lives here at the Budapest office that it has all become very natural. Morgan Stanley’s corporate code of conduct has been a big part of this. Our employees regularly receive code of conduct training to help them understand what it all really means.

ZB: How do you actually achieve diversity at Morgan Stanley?

MBC: If you become known as a company that accepts and encourages diversity then a more diverse candidate pool will come to you. Our policy is to give all our employees the support they need, so that they know this is a company where they can make their career. The key is retain good employees. And so they should be working in an environment where they feel comfortable and supported no matter what.

EB: Diversity training is part of the orientation training we provide for our employees. And mandatory diversity training across the whole firm since 2003 ensures that all employees attain a full understanding of Morgan Stanley’s commitment to diversity. Our management monitors hiring statistics to see how traditionally marginalized groups are doing in the organization. They also monitor promotions to see if its balanced, or whether there is a discriminatory pattern.

ZB: Hungarian working mothers grapple with rampant discrimination as they try to reenter the workforce after maternity leave. How do you see this issue at Morgan Stanley?

MBC: We try to keep having conversations with women. HR just recently had a session with mothers-to-be, where they talked about what women who were ready to come back needed to do. It is important that women on maternity leave stay in touch with their colleagues, and they need to plan ahead for childcare. We want to be able to take them back and integrate them back into the workforce. And we’re willing to work on this because we’ve invested in them, so we want them back.

EB: Women working at multinational companies such as Morgan Stanley are at an advantage. Multinationals operate under strict ethics codes subject to monitoring. There are ways to obtain redress if you feel you have been discriminated against. And precisely because of this our employees are not afraid to speak up.

ZB: Give us an example of how you sensitize employees to diversity.

EB: Last year, for instance, as part of the EMEA Morgan Stanley Diversity Week we organized diversity training for all seven hundred of our employees. Because diversity training is still in its infancy in Hungary, we decided to hire a training company Morgan Stanley uses in London. They gave a three-hour course in which everybody had to participate – not just junior but senior staff as well. It was quite an experience with people acting out and role playing on specific diversity issues. It was fascinating to observe their reactions. People really opened up. A good example involved ruling out making certain comments to women, even if you don’t believe that they could be damaging or hurtful.It was one of the five events that took place during the diversity week. Amongst others we organised career coaching for women and a movie night with an amazing director in wheelchair who shared his own experience, which was a big eye-opener for all of us who participated.

ZB: Do you have any plans for the immediate future?

MBC: We’re having a whole diversity month this coming September based on the success of our diversity week last year. The activities during that time are meant to open employees’ eyes to diversity. We also try to celebrate where we have accomplished some diversity.

EB: As of September this year, we will also be visiting Hungarian high schools to show female students what a career in Information Technology (IT) actually involves. The ratio of female IT students at Budapest’s Technical University is a mere 10 percent. We will be going in pairs, a woman and a man, targeting high schools with a strong math tradition. Girls may not be encouraged at home to enter science and technology fields. They may even be dissuaded by family and friends on the ground that IT is a male profession. We would like these young girls to meet real life women in IT.

ZB: How does your “Women of Excellence” initiative, with the American Chamber of Commerce, work?

MBC: Immediately upon coming to Hungary we started to work with AmCham on their annual diversity conference. For last year’s fourth annual conference we said let’s turn the focus on women again because we think we have ways to go there. An award program was devised and there was a celebration for being recognized by your colleagues as a Woman of Excellence. In AmCham’s first Women of Excellence Award last year we focused on work-life balance. So women of excellence last year were women who balanced and juggled a lot of things in their lives and yet were quite successful.

ZB: Many Hungarian women find it extremely difficult to balance just work and family, let alone juggling multiple roles. What would you say to them?

MBC: We recognize the issues, which is why it is important to spotlight these women to give other women a feeling that if they can do it then we can do it, too. Going through over fifty nominations we found many women who seemed to have it all. They had a family, a successful work career, and outside activities, such as involvement in sports or charity work. I found a theme with these women was, first of all, organizational skills, and second that it takes more than you and your partner and your colleagues to come together to be successful. You have to patch together your own support system.

* Marybeth Cagney’s term as Managing Director ended on July 1, 2011. During her three–year tenure in Hungary, Ms Cagney teamed up with AmCham to promote diversity and was instrumental in creating the Women of Excellence Award.

  • Share/Bookmark

Hozzászólások lezárva.

synonyms flash cards printables

printable twilight saga water bottle labels

free printable uk maps

scrapbook printable coffee tumbler template

printable french backgrounds

printable downloadable greeting cards

free printable dot to dot pages

printable february calendar 2007

kraft macaroni and chesse printable coupon

printable scott toilet paper coupons

printable manufacturing

nordstroms rack printable coupons

printable multiplication mats

printable grammar lessons for 1st grade

printable qto sheets

sonic printable games

printable coloring book pictures for kids

skip counting exercisessecond gradeprintable

baby face song printable music

printable paris maps

4 x 5 printable grid

printable taks formula sheet

birthday halloween invitation printable

printable fake marraige certificate

printable medical abbreviation flashcards

printable large print crossword

free online printable scavenger hunts for colleges

small rag doll printable patterns

quilt math printable

damask printable art

make your own printable yugioh cards

coupon for victoria secret hoodie printable

dynomite printable lyrics

printable photos for september 11 2001

80mm inkjet printable cd

free printable goal thermometer

printable workplace certificates

novelty money template printable

multiplication tables printable puzzles

printable pirate quiz questions

free printable preschool gingerbread

printable sudoku booklets

a printable fantastic mr fox book

printable candy template certificates

printable monthly meal planner 2010-2011

free nfl pictures of printable iron on

free printable birth certificates

free printable book report sheets

printable baby carriage

child care printable picture frames

free printable african american cards

free toddler progress reports printables

free printable roleplaying games

printable page borders

learning styles questionnaire printable for children

printable german shorthair pointer dogs

printable petsmart coupons discounts in store

printable student homework sheet

free printable birthday cards tri fold

printable invites spy themed

free printable food and exercise journals

transformers 2 printables

printable blank football formation

printable wall art

country mart printable groc coupons

printable castles in germany

free math game printables

free printable alphabet coloring

printable bingp

printable toy story templates

fitness printable word search for kids

free printable anecdotal record form for preschoolers

printable actor

printable pictures for wanted poem

fry printable word list

printable tray cards

printables brothers

printable maple leaf flag

printable tailgate party games

printable lpga schedule

printable number line 1-200

german alphabet printables

fre luau printables

factor tree worksheets printable

printable dog vaccine record

printable 7th grade pre-algebra

printable photo frame templates

galileo biography printable

printable lifting journal

printable deer pics

free printable price quote forms

2009 ncaa bracket printable schedule

free printable classroom helper labels

printable three line grade book

printable missouri college applications

printable planet images

free printables spring theme toddlers

printable earnings income statement

difficult spot the difference renovation printable

printable gray wolf photos

math "color by number" printables+fractions

free printable full size birthday cards

printable picture musical symbols

printable wagon wheel

printable rhyming worksheets for preschool

printable 100 squares blank

goat activities printables

solid and plane shapes activities printable

printable tall tale stories

printable mixing colors games

lettering styles printable

printable drivers test with pictures

printable geography word searches

printable bible study for kid

printable elementary math division speed test

daily 5 free printables

preschool printables days of week chart

graphic kids free printables

printable pub quiz questions and answers

free printable teaher welcome sign

printable image islamic wedding

printable hidden pictures difficult

printable five senses chart

printable captain america coloring pictures

2010 calendat printable

sparky firedog 911 printable form

printable western wedding invitation wording

printable wedding activity pages for kids

child game printable valentine

daily routine printable pecs

printable gourmet

printable brownies bookmarks

free printab le decoupage sheets

quotes images smiling printables

printable "chicken little" lesson activities

printable halloween invitations free vintage

printable nursery

printable crossword fred

printable birthday calendar notebook

printable calander pages

dvd cover art printable

language arts dol printable practice

shoe department printable

printable length measurement chart

printable phonics worksheets for second grade

2010 fantasy football blank printable draft templates

free printable touchmoney activiites

printable lords prayer crossword

printable indian food labels

make your own printable baby shower invites

printable attendance certificate for children

printable computer keyboard characters

free printablefloor games for kg

calorie intake spreadsheet printable

printable addiction worksheets

printable easy picture hunt

printable franks hot sauce coupon

printable number flash cards and jungle

free printable whodunit puzzles

printable picture of lightbulb

dinosaur printable behavior chart

printable lion coloring sheets

men printable excercise chart

freckle juice printables

printable vaccination record

old fashioned printable journal boxes

printable pie chart with 10 slices

math printables grade 7

calendar free mini printable

african safari worksheets free printables

printable tabs for school binders

printable autism

cinco de mayo printable books for kids

printable world outline maps

printable 7 habits planner worksheet

printable angel patterns for garlands and decorations

printable weekly timetables blank

printable conversion chart for volume

free printable maths worksheets using compass directions

printable party day check list

printable sourthern sky map

polar bears printable images

printable moon & honey bees

printable full view of anatomical muscular system

printable lego decals

free printable role-play resources

printable coloring activity bright eyes brown skin

printable the invitation surprise book

kwanzaa printables

printable puzzles on psalms 119

mentadent printable coupon

printable disney behavior charts

printable manner words

printable 1:200000 maps

free printable school rule picture flash cards

2010 children august printable calendar

printable continents and oceans map quiz

printable montreal map

printable 2002 year calendar

printable french worksheets on colour