Diversity-related employee attitudes and perceptions in Bangladesh: A case study on the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee

Sangmi Cho, Razia Sultana

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Bangladesh is perceived as homogenous, often resulting in hidden discrimination for those considered to belong to minority groups. Little research has been conducted on the characteristics of diversity as predictors of work attitude and behavior in relation to organizational commitment and job performance in Bangladesh. This study examines conditions in a leading international, non-governmental development organization, the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC). The purpose of this study is to explore employees' perceptions and work attitudes and how these relate to organizational commitment and job performance. A phenomenological research strategy was used to understand the unique culture of Bangladesh and workplace diversity at BRAC. Data was collected through in-depth interviews with BRAC employees currently working in the head office, using a purposive, convenient sampling method. Both positive and negative feelings and perceptions were revealed: positive factors include gender sensitivity in the workplace, positive organizational support, organizational goodwill, organizational culture, and longer tenure and seniority; negative factors include job insecurity, dissatisfaction with salary grades and gaps, promotions, and issues pertaining to disabilities, ethnicity, and supervisors' evaluations. These results have implications for organizational and governmental policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-157
Number of pages15
JournalAsian Social Work and Policy Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2017

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  • Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee
  • diversity
  • employee perception
  • job performance
  • organizational commitment
  • work attitude


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