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The Hindu Business Line, India: Cognizant’s AVP, Center for the Future of Work, APAC, Urges Companies to Make Diversity a Competitive Advantage

“Organisations and leaders should cultivate a culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion, and build a hybrid workforce straddling different age groups, genders and orientations,” says Manish Bahl. “The culture should be realigned to eliminate unconscious biases and discriminatory language and behavior.”

Excerpts from The Hindu Business Line’s article:

“As 70 per cent of companies in the country struggle to find candidates with relevant skills, including technical, business, digital and soft skills, it is time that leaders started focusing on building the talent pipeline, industry insiders opine.

‘Stop blaming the pipeline. It is time to think about inclusion differently,’ said Manish Bahl, AVP, Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work. ‘To win in the digital economy, companies need to double the speed of talent acquisition and move to value-based relationships from transactional interactions,’ he said.

Bahl was participating in a HR summit hosted by Cognizant in Mumbai. At the meeting, several executives and industry leaders also underscored the importance of diversity, terming it a pillar of productivity, profitability and engagement.

Stating that talent scarcity is one of the biggest challenges facing organisations today, Bahl said diversity and inclusion are set to play a key role in creating the workforce of the future.”

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