Diversity Resource Library

The NAIOP SFBA Diversity Task Force has identified a number of articles and studies that may be of interest to members on the subject of diversity in the workplace.

Research: When Gender Diversity Makes Firms More Productive
Source: Harvard Business Review

In a recent study of 1069 leading firms across 35 countries and 24 industries, researchers found that gender diversity relates to more productive companies, as measured by market value and revenue, only in contexts where gender diversity is viewed as “normatively” accepted. By normative acceptance, they mean a widespread cultural belief that gender diversity is important. In other words, beliefs about gender diversity create a self-fulfilling cycle. Countries and industries that view gender diversity as important capture benefits from it. While those that don’t, don’t. The researchers outline three main reasons why opinions about the value of diversity matter so much to the actual value it brings. And these may provide lessons for managers who wish to capture the benefits of gender diversity.

The Latest Research: Women and Gender
Source: Harvard Business Review
This 20-article collection includes the best recent research on women and gender in the workplace published by "Harvard Business Review." Written on topics ranging from competition for the C-suite to flextime among line workers to the staggering prevalence of harassment, each article includes discussion questions to help you facilitate the conversations that will bring change to your team and your organization. The articles in this collection include:

  • A Study Used Sensors to Show That Men and Women Are Treated Differently at Work
  • Lots of Companies Still Have No Senior Executives Who Are Women
  • Do Women’s Networking Events Move the Needle on Equality?
  • Women Ask for Raises as Often as Men, but Are Less Likely to Get Them
  • How Women Manage the Gendered Norms of Leadership
  • The Different Words We Use to Describe Male and Female Leaders
  • Men Get Credit for Voicing Ideas, but Not Problems. Women Don’t Get Credit for Either
  • Women Benefit When They Downplay Gender
  • Interviews with 59 Black Female Executives Explore Intersectional Invisibility and Strategies to Overcome It
  • Everyone Likes Flex Time, but We Punish Women Who Use It
  • Becoming a Manager Increases Men’s Job Satisfaction, But Not Women’s
  • Plus 9 more!

Diversity: The Business Advantage
Source: CREW Network
A white paper discussing Best Practices for Gender Equity and Inclusion in Commercial Real Estate

How to Be an Ace Salary Negotiator (Even If You Hate Conflict)
Source: The New York Times
Here’s how to fight for a better salary when you loathe uncomfortable conversations.

New study finds gender and racial bias endemic in legal profession
Article Source: American Bar Association
First-of-its-kind survey shows systemic bias across the legal profession presents significant barriers to gender and racial equity.

Here’s why Silicon Valley companies need more women on their boards
Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal
Women can be highly effective serving on the boards of publicly owned Silicon Valley companies — once they get there. Here, female board members talk about how business can make that happen.