Diversity at workplaces: Case study: Employees’ perception of Inclusion at Work-places in Finland
Muller, Marie (2019)
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The aim of the study was to conduct a research on diversity, with the main focus on in-clusion. It analyzes the phenomena of inclusiveness at workplaces in Finland from the point of view of employees’ of foreign background. The purpose of the study is to give an in- view and deeper understanding on how included foreign employees feel in Finnish organizations and that there is an emerging need for a diverse workforce. It was the re-searcher’s own interest to discuss why foreigners still feel often excluded in companies. It was the curiosity to find out the reasons behind it and solutions to change it in the future. “How are foreigners included in workplaces in Finland”– was the main research question this entire study followed. The study consists of a clear structure of five leading chapters and the theoretical framework introduces and compares both, diversity and inclusion, and also creates the lead for the findings part. This research is a qualitative study and empiri-cal data has been collected from electronic interviewing and web questionnaire(s). Limi-tations of the study occur. Perceptions and opinions lead the findings of the study, one focus group was selected (employees) and the participant number was narrowed. The top-ic itself is of sensitivity and high confidentiality has been guaranteed for participants by not mentioning any personal data or employers’ names. The findings of this study are of high variation but a top four of clear challenges of inclusion in Finnish organizations were discovered (Finnish culture and manner /Finnish language proficiency /company’s unawareness on how diverse and inclusive workforce supports business/ salary). The conclusion of the study presents that i.e. foreigners are not completely included, but awareness is created and foreigners matter to companies’ success equivalent to Finns though there are challenges inside diverse teams, with little or no knowledge of inclusion in organizations. Further, it has been discovered that development opportunities are not equally given to Finnish and foreign workers.