People, process, and technology are key pillars to creating a more diverse workforce.
By Irina Novoselsky
The recruitment process has always been riddled with biases. Humans find it nearly impossible to prevent their opinions and experiences from coming into play when making a decision. But technology is empowering organizations to work toward eliminating bias, which in turn allows companies to build stronger and more diverse workforces. Just imagine if interviews were structured like an episode of The Voice, where those making the hiring decisions only judged candidates based on skills and couldn’t be swayed by gender, physical appearance, or ethnicity. There would be no pre-conceived notions—only the most qualified candidate would win. Technology is turning this reality show concept into a reality for recruiters.
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.
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.
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.
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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