Devolved HR poses racism riskOn 11 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Devolving HR duties to line managers can lead to institutional racism inorganisations, one of the authors of a study told the conference. The discrimination arises from lack of training for managers in performance managementand handling disciplinary procedures, said Jo Rick, IES principal researchfellow.In the study, undertaken at a large public-sector organisation, ethnicminority staff were found to be far more likely to face disciplinary hearingsand be viewed as poor performers by managers.White managers were most prone to negative assessments of black and Asianstaff. Ethnic minorities make up more than half of the organisation’s staff.The study comes in the wake of the MacPherson report, which stated institutionalracism “can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviourwhich amount to discrimination through prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessnessand racist stereotyping”.Managers at the organisation said they had little confidence in handling personnelprocedures because of a lack of training. This led to unwitting discrimination, the study found.”In the absence of an agreed set of criteria for assessment…,individual managers’ judgements about what constitutes a good performer aremore likely to hold sway,” the authors concluded.Managers were more likely to invoke disciplinary proceedings because theywanted to keep all dealings “on the record” and avoid accusations ofharassment, the research concluded.Managers only felt comfortable handling sickness absence cases, because theyhad been trained in the relevant procedures.”The problem is where it [devolving HR duties] is done withoutappropriate training. With that in place, as it was in this case with sicknessabsence, it is not so much of a problem,” said Rick.www.bps.org.uk Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.