How the law protects all citizens of Macedonia equally from discrimination in the workplace, but stereotypes and personal prejudices persist

How the law protects all citizens of Macedonia equally from discrimination in the workplace, but stereotypes and personal prejudices persist

декември 28, 2021




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Guided by the idea that everyone deserves equal opportunities and equal working conditions and so raising awareness among employers, human resource managers, employees and all stakeholders, regardless of the differences arising from gender, age, education, ethnicity, religious, sexual or political affiliation, personal characteristics, disability, etc., the Macedonian human resources association organized a panel discussion on “Managing diversity” with guest panelists, representatives of the business sector and experts from related fields!
The panel discussion was held on February 18, 2016 at the M6 ​​Educational Centre in Skopje, attended by 50 participants from the private, public and NGO sectors.
The panel was organized more in two sessions. The first discussion on “How to manage diversity in the workplace, challenge or preference ?!” At this session, guest panelists were Mrs. Magdalena Slavejkova, HR manager in “USJE” AD Skopje, Mr. Darko Velkov, director of the company “Vrabotuvanje.kom” Ms. Jaklina  Gestakovska Aleksovska, gender expert program for Enhancing market employability – NAME, while the moderator of this session was Mr. Darko Petrovski, General Secretary of the Macedonian Human Resources Association.
The main themes and issues covered them addressed different situations and conditions in which the employees work, whether diversity is treated as an advantage and that is the position of companies? Could written practices, codes of conduct in the workplace lead to greater involvement supportive of equal treatment for all employees, as well as potential future candidates? They were shared numerous examples and practices from the real working environment of how each of the panelists faced and acted in a given situation and how it affected the success or failure of the organization, indicating their personal recommendations for addressing the issue of diversity and what it means for organizations and companies at a time when most companies are constantly facing financial, competitive and market risks …
The main point around which all panelists agreed was that the righteous approach by employers in terms of creating a culture in which there is no tolerance for discrimination of employees of any kind, positive effect on the motivation of employees, and thus leads to their greater commitment to achieving better results and delivering superior products and services.
The second panel session on “Non-discrimination, equal rights and opportunities in labor relations, ethics!” To which their views presented Mrs. Maria Savovska, Executive Director of the Association “Action-Zdruzenska” Mrs. Nikica Kusinikova, executive director of the Association “Connect” and g.Angel Dimitrov, president of the Organization of employers of Macedonia. The session was moderated by the President of the Macedonian Human Resources Association, Ms. Christina Lozanoska.

This session was aimed at discussion of the established legal provisions that address issues regarding discrimination against employees and citizens and how these are realistic and useful in certain situations. Mentioned facts and figures derived from research conducted in terms of employment opportunities and worthy working conditions for people with disabilities and disability, the treatment of women in work situations and their equality in relation to men …
In most panelists dividing opinions, but at some points expressed its aspect and watch Situations that have witnessed or experienced.
What panelists in this occasion it was recommended that the Constitution and the legal provisions protecting all citizens equally undesired discriminatory phenomena, but unfortunately they are in reality of many reasons, but primarily because of personal biases and stereotypes in society that are not considered in detail and sound, and they are present more or less spread in working environments. The claim that diversity leads to progress is declarative generally accepted that those differences are often an advantage for the organization because different viewpoints and attitudes leading to productive and constructive progress.