Effects of Emerging Paradigm of Workplace Diversity on the Productivity of Two Selected Multinational Enterprises in Nigeria

Rachel Serieke Dickson, Adio, Adebayo Isaac


No two humans are alike. People are different in not only gender, culture, race, social and psychological characteristics but also in their perspectives and prejudices. In the Nigeria today’s business word, emphasis are placed mostly on race, gender, religion and ethnicity in managing workforce with little diagnosis of recent emerging trends such as single parents, nursing mother, teleworkers etc and the implications of this on the overall productivity.  This work against the identified gaps, therefore, investigates the effect emerging paradigm in workplace diversity on the overall productivity of Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) in Nigeria. The study examines the effect of single parents on the overall employee outputs; evaluates if mobile workers influence the realization of work goals; and as well determines the role of gender diversity on MNEs performance standards. In order to actualize the key objectives, the study employed survey design. Data was collected through a self-administered questionnaire from a number of 195 respondents who were staff of two selected multinational firms in Lagos State Nigeria. SPSS was employed to aid the data analysis.  Having analyzed the data, the study found out that single parents significantly affect positive on the overall employee outputs. It also discovered that mobile workers do not jeopardize the realization of work goals. In line with findings,  it was therefore recommended that MNEs in Nigeria need to encourage the use of common language in the organization among the employees; and as well must continuously conduct various motivational and mentorship programs. The work also offers that there is need for open channels of communication between both the employees and employers in large firms due to the wide diverse of their workforce.

Keywords: Single Parents, Mobile Workers, Employee Output, MNEs and Work Goals.

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