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FEATURE COVIDIEN CREATES A Culture Prime for Innovation By Kathy Harvey-Ellis T he words "diversity" and "inclusion" have permeated the corporate lexicon, often sounding like little more than trendy HR lingo. Yet Covidien, a global healthcare products company with U.S. headquarters in Mansfield, Mass., has recently adopted a comprehensive strategy to develop a culture of innovation and inclusion. One lever the company is pulling to drive this strategy is Learning and Development. Covidien has developed a multi-program approach to diversity and inclusion education, to build leadership capability and enable creation of products such as the cutting-edge surgical staplers and feeding tubes it currently markets. In October 2012, Covidien engaged the top 16 leadership teams across the globe in workshops about the leadership skills needed to drive innovation and inclusion. According to Kate Hoepfner-Karle, Vice President of Talent Development and Inclusion at Covidien, the company has engaged the leaders in this strategy with the strong business 16 insights * Spring 2014 case for a diverse workforce and its impact on the bottom line. THE LINK BETWEEN INCLUSION AND INNOVATION Covidien participated in research including focus groups to understand current employee behaviors related to diversity and inclusion. As Hoepfner-Karle recognized a business need for inclusion, she found strong evidence for it in Innovation, Diversity and Market Growth, a study published by  the Center for Talent Innovation, a non-profit think-tank based in New York City. (Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Melinda Marshall & Laura Sherbin with Tara Gonsalves, 2013.)

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NEHRA Insights - Spring 2014

A Message From NEHRA’s Chief Executive Officer
Employment Law Update
The Diversity of Disability
Driving Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: What Is HR’s Leadership Role?
A Culture Prime for Innovation
Covidien Creates a Culture Prime for Innovation
Diversity Study and Strategies
New Study Highlights Growing Need for HR Strategies to Fit Diverse, Younger Global Workforces
Index of Advertisers

NEHRA Insights - Spring 2014