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Gender Pay Gap
By: CareerCast.com
Improvements in the gender wage gap have been made in the last 35 years, though very gradually. The gap is shrinking for a younger generation, however.more
Big Data Becoming An Important Tool For Workplace Diversity
By: CareerCast.com
Peruse the CareerCast.com Jobs Rated Report for 2015, and you'll notice careers linked to statistical and consumer analysis rank among the best: data scientist, market research analyst, statistician. Data analysis plays an integral role in helping businesses tailor products and marketing to consumers. Analytics can also help predict risk in the workplace . And, as the U.S. Department of Labor outlines, employers can turn to data analysis to combat issues of workforce inequality. In a January 2016 column , the DOL details how the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission plans to implement statistics compiled from the Employer Information Report to better ... more
Diversity at Work: Is it Cultural Diversity or Cosmetic Diversity
By: CareerCast.com
It’s very common to hear companies talk about the diversity at work they offer. However, just because a company presents an image of cultural diversity, it doesn’t mean it’s actually committed to creating a truly diverse workforce. Sometimes, a company is more focused on presenting Cosmetic Diversity for the sake of public appearances. Therefore, if you’re applying to a job that touts the importance of diversity at work, you cannot be certain that the fact that you belong to a minority will help you get the job. Instead of relying on that as your ace in the hole, work hard ... more
Experience and Education Counter Age Discrimination
By: CareerCast.com
If you're a member of the baby-boom generation, you can combat long-term unemployment and age discriminatory hiring practices by staying on top of new trends and continuing your personal development. The retirement age is climbing as older Americans today work longer than in generations past. Not only are they staying in the labor force longer, but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that starting in the early 2000s, full-time employment for people age 65 and older surpassed part-time. That gap continues to widen thanks to the shaky economy. A problem older workers face is reentering the workforce after ... more
Questions To Avoid When Interviewing A Candidate
By: CareerCast.com
When you're a new manager, interviewing others can be difficult. To ensure interviews won't cross into what I call "don't-go-there territory," consider creating a structured guide with a list of questions you plan to ask every candidate, and make sure you understand the questions you should not ask. During interviews (especially during the casual chit-chat portion), labor and employment attorney Renee Jackson recommends avoiding questions based on race, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, veteran or military status, and physical, mental or sensory disabilities. These are all "protected classes" under Washington state law. ... more
Women and Minority Leaders Face Challenges When Building Diversity
By: CareerCast.com
Women and minorities don't shy away from hiring their peers out of fear of the competitive threat they may pose, but rather out of fear of the retribution they may incur, new research suggests. The reason they are so reluctant to hire other women and ethnic minorities is because they are often penalized by their bosses for doing so, according to a study to be presented at next month's annual meeting of the Academy of Management. "Nonwhite and women leaders who engage in diversity-increasing behaviors in the highest organizational ranks are systematically penalized with lower performance ratings for doing so," ... more
Companies Push For Marriage Equality
By: CareerCast.com
Same-gender marriage now formally has the backing of much of corporate America. An astounding 379 companies signed an amicus brief that was filed on Thursday urging the Supreme Court to “affirm a uniform principle that all couples share in the right to marry.” The brief makes the business case for such a decision, saying, “Employees with partners of the same sex should be permitted to marry if they so choose, and then should be treated identically to their married heterosexual counterparts. State laws that require otherwise impose a significant burden on us and harm our ability to attract and retain ... more
Why Is Global Diversity So Difficult?
By: CareerCast.com
It’s a question that challenges many companies. How much local control is needed and what happens when local cultural customs contrast with corporate values? What best practices are being implemented? And what company does it better than everyone else? DiversityInc examined global diversity trends in depth in our exclusive global research. We analyzed data and demographics with more than 100 responses from 17 countries across Europe, Asia and the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries. The result was a wealth of information and best practices on cultural concerns and how they are being addressed. more...more
Fallen off the Corporate Ladder? Here’s How to Climb Back On
By: CareerCast.com
If you’ve lost a job, it’s normal to feel hurt, vulnerable, or angry. But there are many things you can do to take control of the situation and boost your spirits. You can get through this tough time by taking care of yourself, reaching out to others, and rethinking your career goals to rediscover what truly makes you happy. Our jobs are much more than just the way we make a living. They influence how we see ourselves, as well as the way others see us. Our career gives us structure, purpose, and meaning. That is why job loss and ... more
Women In The Workplace Excel Through Initiative
By: CareerCast.com
I don’t think they believe all the workplace problems and challenges [between men and women employees] have been solved. But many of them do have a different emphasis in their careers: They’re more balanced. They want to make sure they have more time for the other things in their lives, which I admire. I came up in the go-go 1980s when everyone was a workaholic and there were stories about women and men being at their family’s Thanksgiving dinner table for a half hour and then rushing back to their duties and their work. That’s not healthy. So I’m proud ... more