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Healthcare Innovation
By: Jeff Heenan-Jalil
healthcare is actually poised to become one of the most innovative fields because of its considerable capacity for growth and change, and young job seekers looking to make an impact in a transforming field need look no further.
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 ...
Ruling Against Defense of Marriage Act Is Major Diversity Victory
Diversity and inclusion advocates are celebrating a major legal victory in the civil-rights battle of this century on marriage equality. A Boston federal court determined that portions of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) are unconstitutional, bringing the case to the Supreme Court and the strong possibility that the law will be permanently overturned. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, in a unanimous and bipartisan decision, ruled that the federal law defining legal marriage as only between a man and a woman deprives same-sex couples of the same rights heterosexual couples have when receiving federal benefits, including ...
Is a Second Language Helpful or Harmful?
The ability to speak multiple languages has always been viewed as a great skill and talent to have and to list on your resume, but can being fluent in several languages cause discrimination or bias in the workplace? Multilingualism plays a huge role in the global workplace. As immigration rates increase and international business demands continue, so does the need for workers that can bridge those language barriers. Employers, especially those that profit mainly from international business, value bilingual workers who are able to perform the job function with dual-capabilities rather than paying two separate salaries. Bilingual people also hold ...
Preparing Female Students For Careers In The Sciences
“My research experiences have shown me that, in spite of what statistics say about women in science, any girl with a passion for exploring unanswered questions can and should be persistent in pursuing that work,” says Sara Volz, 17. “Being female should not hold anyone back from science or engineering.” Volz won the grand prize and $100,000 in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious high school science research competition, for her research of algae biofuels. The competition inspires students to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, from cancer treatments to natural disaster solutions. ...
Being Aware of Social Media Discrimination
Finding a new job is rarely easy. You have to identify each opportunity, earn an interview and convince those you meet to hire you. The last thing you want is for other aspects of your life (aside from your skills and experience) to influence your chances at success. That's especially true if you already face some perceived barrier in the job market. Yet many of us utilize social networking sites in a way that reads more like an online diary than a professional method of communication, which can result in you revealing thoughts and feelings that should be concealed from ...
Fostering Workplace Diversity
There is no denying that diversity in the workplace is good for business, but first and foremost, HR needs to focus on hiring for the top talent. Is there any reason to think a company can’t have both? In an economy where the average age of retirement is now 62 years old, our workforce is straddling more generations than ever before. So how can we make sure that we are building companies with cultures that represent and nurture all of our employees? Last week we hosted an event and got a chance to hear from four of today’s top hiring ...
Digital Skills Are Essential In Bridging The Pay Gap
In his Department of Labor blog , Labor Secretary Tom Perez writes "[t]here is a pragmatic calculation" to creating a more equal work environment for men and women alike. Though the Equal Pay Act approaches its 53rd anniversary in 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a gender-based pay gap still exists -- and it's particularly striking in IT and management fields. Women in computer/mathematical careers earn 79.9% compared to men, and 77.5% women in management. Those particularly stark differences underscore the importance of "digital fluency" in bridging the pay gap. SHRM reports that gap won't be bridged for another ...
Know Your Rights: What Interviewers Can't Ask You
Fortunately, most businesses recognize the value of hiring a diverse workforce, and they make sure interviewers understand and respect that goal. For those companies, equal employment opportunities are the norm. However, discrimination still occurs during job interviews every day, which can prevent qualified candidates from being hired and subvert the benefits that a diverse workforce creates. To be sure, one of the most insidious settings where your rights can be violated is the job interview. The questioner may be prejudiced or ignorant; whatever the reason, you are asked questions that employers are not permitted to ask job applicants. Here’s an ...