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Conquering Bias

Unconscious Bias

Five steps managers can implement to address unconscious bias in the workplace.

By Charlotte Blank

Business managers have become more aware of the potential for workplace bias following the Starbucks incident back in April which prompted Starbucks to close 8,000 of their stores to address an underlying bias issue. This then caused other companies to reevaluate how they solve major bias issues in their own workplaces. A common approach many firms take is called diversity training—programs devoted to increasing diversity and reducing bias through employee education. These initiatives are generally well-intentioned, and in high profile cases such as Starbucks, can serve to raise awareness for very important issues. There’s only one problem with them: They don’t work.

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Four Steps to Equality

Equality

How to close the gender gap and develop future global leaders while working toward true equality in the workplace.

By Lisa Johnson

Female talent continues to hit barriers in professional advancement, representing a disproportionately small percentage when tallied into the executive and leadership roll call. Even when women are completely qualified, they are often overlooked for international assignments, new roles within a company, and senior level positions. While women are ultimately able to attain a certain level of professional success and longevity with a company, they often encounter barriers earning those international and senior level spots. Despite decades of progress towards achieving equality in the workplace, unconscious bias against women continues to limit their advancement opportunities.

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The Face of Inclusion

Debbie Bolla

A roundup of CHROs and TA leaders share best-in-class D&I strategies.

By Debbie Bolla

The recent #MeToo movement shined a spotlight on the mistreatment of women and minorities in all realms of society, and the workplace was no exception. As cases continue to make headlines, they encourage organizations to rethink their polices and practices, with HR leading the charge to change. This crusade for fairness among all workers is clearly connected to an organization’s diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategy.

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Actions with Impact

Diversity Screening

Bias in candidate screening remains a major obstacle to diversity, but AI-enabled technology can help.

By Marta Chmielowicz

The world economy is growing and diversity is growing with it. According to the U.S. Census, more than half of all Americans are projected to belong to a minority group by 2044—and this will have a major impact on labor market demographics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the percentage of Hispanics in the workforce is expected to almost double by 2060 while the percentage of whites is expected to decrease by nearly 20 percent. In addition, rising labor participation rates among women, increasing numbers of millennials in the workplace, and continued growth of immigration are all making diversity a critical business consideration.

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Driving Corporate Strategy

2018 HRO Today Forum

Find out the key takeaways from this year’s top sessions.

By Marta Chmielowicz

This year’s HRO Today Forum was jam-packed full of best practices, engaging conversations, and valuable insights that will continue to deliver in the coming year. Here are some highlights from a few of the standout sessions:

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Reimagining Recognition

Values-Based Recognition

Ericsson is creating a culture of success with their values-based recognition program.

By Marta Chmielowicz

What does a company stand for? What principles does it embody? How do its products and services contribute to the world? These are some of the key questions that are typically addressed in a core values statement. Values statements are meant to form the very fabric of an organization, guiding its every belief and decision.

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Goodbye to Bias

Hiring Bias

Unconscious bias plagues hiring decisions, employee growth, productivity, and retention. Here are six strategies that help eliminate it.

By Michele McDermott

Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that are formed outside conscious awareness. Often, backgrounds, experiences, societal stereotypes, and cultural context can impact people’s decisions and actions without them even realizing it. Brains make incredibly quick judgments and assessments of people and situations. This is also referred to as a “mental blind spot.”

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Top Employee Engagement Providers

Employee Engagement

Looking to track and improve employee engagement? Look no further.

By The Editors

HRO Today has been tracking the top HR service partners for more than 10 years. In the magazine’s 2017 Reader’s Survey, the number one requested HR service partner listing was employee engagement. Through the research and editorial teams, here is a list of the top employee engagement providers and their services. They are listed in alphabetical order.

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Diversity on the Move

D&I

Experts offer best practices for executing a more inclusive relocation strategy.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Molly is an experienced sales manager at a company that is expanding its operations to India. RelocationShe is a single mother of two children—one of whom has special needs and requires therapy and tutoring. The new location has an opening for a regional sales manager, but she feels she is overlooked due to her complex family situation.

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2018 TekTonic Award Winners

2018 TekTonic Awards

Meet five game-changers that are staying ahead of the HR technology curve.

By Taylor Thompson

With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic process automation, HR has faced a year of adaptation and innovation in their business practices in order to keep up with a rapidly changing field. Technology has not only become an integral part of everyday HR processes, but an expectation, especially in regards to organizations’ recruitment efforts. But what makes a company stand out among others in an ever-changing industry, especially considering all the newfound technology blazing the trail? Innovation. Disruption. And a solution that works to make life just a little easier for HR. These are just a few of the ways this year’s TekTonic Awards winners have continued to advance their efforts and drive the industry forward, and the reason they were recognized at this year’s HRO Today Forum in May. The 2018 TekTonic Awards winners have been recognized for their innovative contributions in workforce management, background screening, talent management, candidate experience, mobile capabilities, and learning.

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