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Racial discrimination has had a profoundly negative impact on the economy.
A new study finds that racial discrimination has had a profoundly negative impact on the economy, underscoring the importance of diversity-focused hiring.
Gender Biases in the Workplace
By: Georgene Huang
How many times have you been told to smile? If you’re a woman, chances are you’ve been told to smile — not for a picture, but just because you should be smiling — far more than you’re comfortable with. And you’ve probably heard all these cringeworthy phrases before: “Why don’t you smile, sweetheart?” “Nobody likes a grumpy girl.” “You look so much nicer when you smile.” For many women, this is infuriating. It perpetuates the stereotype that female professionals should be happy and perky. It implies we aren’t allowed to be focused or hardworking. And, worst of all, the words ...
Diversity Age Differences
A new report from XpertHR explains the differences in managing generations with typically widely divergent views on employee-employer dynamics.
Gender Pay Gap
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.
Big Data Becoming An Important Tool For Workplace Diversity
Peruse the 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 ...
Diversity at Work: Is it Cultural Diversity or Cosmetic Diversity
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 ...
Experience and Education Counter Age Discrimination
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 ...
Questions To Avoid When Interviewing A Candidate
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. ...
Women and Minority Leaders Face Challenges When Building Diversity
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," ...
Companies Push For Marriage Equality
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 ...