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Flexibility In The Workplace Key To Diversifying Staff
By: CareerCast.com
How can we build a 21st century workplace that supports thriving employees, growing businesses, and healthy economies — all at once? It’s a critical moment for this conversation, because in today’s global economy, we can only succeed if we embrace people from every background and every experience. We can’t afford to lose anyone’s talent — whether they’re working mothers, working fathers, single parents, or anyone else. To stay competitive, we need to create diverse and inclusive cultures, then maintain them and reinforce them from the top. One of the issues at the heart of this conversation is workplace flexibility. In ... more
Addressing The Big Questions Of Workplace Diversity
By: CareerCast.com
Why is diversity still a Corporate taboo? People don’t know how to talk about diversity. This may seem staggering after decades of intentional diversity awareness, but the power of social norms and misunderstanding about how we are all different as people isn’t what people want to bring up or focus on. The topic still leaves people tiptoeing around it versus having open, constructive dialogue. We talk about diversity as a “problem.” This is not only true about diversity. It is indicative of how HR approaches every topic. We feel that once something is a problem, then it can be addressed. ... more
Diversity and Leadership - Smart Leaders Model Diversity Thinking
By: CareerCast.com
As the business sector grapples with the rapidly shrinking global economy, and the ever-expanding technological era, diversity and leadership go hand-in-hand. Albert Einstein said, "we can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them," which is why diversity of thought is such a key management strategy. Today's leaders need to be able to break the barriers of "normal" to find creative and innovative ways to solve problems, and to see a genuine return on investment (ROI). They must understand that diversity of thought, word, and deed can go a long way towards charting ... more
Assessing Your Inner Circle
By: CareerCast.com
Our society emphasizes friends, family and co-workers as essential parts of our emotional and professional support system. Friends can offer distraction and encouragement, family members give unconditional love and co-workers may provide a sense of camaraderie and even professional advice. However, there are times when we need a fourth type of support in the form of a personal board of directors. A personal board of directors is usually made up of up to six professionals in your age group—but not necessarily in your industry—who meet once a month to for brainstorming and encouragement. In his book, Who’s Got Your Back ... more
States With LGBT Anti-Discrimination Laws Are Best For Employees, Study Finds
By: CareerCast.com
States with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) anti-discrimination legislation are the best for LGBT employment, an XpertHR report finds . There are no federal laws on the books specifically addressing the protection of LGBT employment rights. However, 16 states passed such laws. Each of the 10 states ranked as the best for LGBT employment enacted LGBT anti-discrimination legislation: California, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. XpertHR reports its study was “compiled…based on their state specific laws which prohibit discrimination, the availability of same-sex marriage and other benefits, the state laws with regard to ... more
Slow Diversity Hiring In Tech Jobs Not The Result Of Grad Rates
By: CareerCast.com
New analysis by USA today is contradicting what many technology companies have been telling us in defense of their (lack of) diversity data—a shortage in Black and Latino job seekers within the tech industry is not the reason for the demographics in Silicon Valley companies. In fact, Black and Latinos majoring in computer science and computer engineering graduate at twice the rate compared to the amount actually being hired within the tech industry. CONTINUE READING AT DIVERSITYINCmore
Eliminating Hidden Biases Key For Human Resources Departments
By: CareerCast.com
Miserable workers, hidden bias and gender disparity will be among the top issues that HR departments focus on. In an article titled “What’s in Store for HR in 2015?,” principal and founder of Bersin by Deloitte, Josh Bersin, shares nine predictions for how HR will redefine the workplace this year. Because unhappy workers can blemish a company’s reputation, making it difficult to attract talented employees, employee engagement will be a top-of-mind issue for HR professionals in 2015, Bersin wrote. Hidden bias—the tendency to harbor unconscious negative or positive prejudices about job applicants and workers—is an emerging focus for HR departments, ... more
What Does Diversity Mean to a Hiring Manager?
By: CareerCast.com
We often ask ourselves how to define the word diversity. Some define it as differences among people, with no limitations on what those differences can be. This could mean that diversity is found in a crowd of individuals who follow the Jewish and Christian faiths. To others, diversity is exclusively a term meant to describe cultural differences, and these are often defined by race or ethnicity. The word diversity can also be used by hiring managers in the workplace to refer to a desire to add more women to a male dominated field, or vice versa. Regardless of how one ... more
The Power of Diversity
By: CareerCast.com
Over the years, we’ve come to think of diversity mainly in terms of quotas and numbers. Some think of it as taking power and resources from one group and giving them to another. But diversity is something that benefits us all. Embracing diversity is one of the keys to being well in spirit, mind, and body. I’m often asked to speak about diversity for corporations that have seen how the power of diversity can support their growth. These companies have come to recognize that if they are to be more creative, productive, and profitable, they need diversity. However, as I ... more
Diversity Hiring Activity Rises Fast for Environmentalists
By: CareerCast.com
Thousands of young environmentalists from around the country are heading to Pittsburgh, planning to strengthen the green movement by involving more people of different races and backgrounds. The four-day Power Shift conference beginning Friday takes on some traditional issues in a new way. Organizers are fighting coal mining, fracking for oil and gas, and climate change, but doing it through sessions such as "Racism and the Climate Movement," ''Sex and Sustainability," ''Young Leaders from Puerto Rico's Frontlines," and "Lessons from Transgender Activism." Power Shift, the Sierra Club and other groups are making a concentrated effort to reach working-class black, Latino, ... more