Six HR leaders share solutions to the issues keeping HR up at night: the impact of COVID-19, workforce planning, business agility, and the skills gap.
By Marta Chmielowicz
2020 has been a whirlwind of a year and HR leaders have found themselves at the frontlines, leading the charge into a new and uncertain reality. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, shelter in place orders, and social unrest of the past months, HR leaders have maintained a sense of normalcy while adapting to the changing needs of their businesses and the workplace at large. Now, they must develop a plan to face the unknown obstacles that lie ahead.
Four best practices to consider when implementing more inclusive hiring practices.
By Dr. Christy Petrosso and William T. Rolack, Sr.
Organizations looking to quickly boost employee representation can use predictive data to understand which markets have the largest number of available diverse candidates for specific roles, and focus pipelining efforts in those areas. This hyper-targeted approach delivers a bigger return on diversity hiring investments, especially when working with limited resources, which is the case for many companies today given the ongoing economic uncertainty.
Analyzing talent acquisition data can build visibility and accountability into D&I initiatives.
With Paul Harty, Chief Solutions Officer, Sevenstep
Organizations of all sizes and across all industries struggle to maintain a diverse and inclusive workplace—but talent acquisition data can help them drive a more strategic approach. From identifying moments of bias to making a case for needed technologies, hiring data can give HR leaders the insights needed to overcome the obstacles that hold them back from true diversity. Here, Paul Harty, chief solutions officer at Sevenstep, shares some best practices for HR leaders looking to enhance their D&I approach with data.
With Diana Faison, Managing Director, Leadership Acceleration, BPI group
Research shows that diverse and inclusive cultures are more successful than others. Bringing varied backgrounds and viewpoints to the table results in better decision-making and higher business impact. Yet organizations continue to struggle to create more diverse, equitable and inclusive cultures–and it starts with the leadership pipeline. Here Diana Faison, Managing Director, Leadership Acceleration, BPI group, shares some best practices for investing in diverse leaders and creating a plan for a more diverse pipeline.
Five ways HR leaders can design an equity program that delivers value to employees long after the term stops trending.
By Pearlie Oni
The business case for diversity and inclusion (D&I) has been well established. Diverse teams are more creative, more productive and, all in all, more lucrative. In fact, McKinsey’s 2019 Diversity Wins: How Inclusion Matters report found that the most diverse companies are more likely to outperform their less diverse peers on profitability—and the greater the representation, the greater the performance.
Much progress has been made, but there is still much work to do.
By Marta Chmielowicz
The murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in May sparked nationwide outrage, propelling protests and civil unrest at a level not seen since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. This event, following on the heels of the coronavirus pandemic, brought the deep racial frictions and grievances in the U.S. to the forefront of the national consciousness.
Two organizations share their secrets to building an inclusive hiring process.
By Marta Chmielowicz
In today’s increasingly diverse world, the case for corporate D&I initiatives that deliver real progress is stronger than ever. In fact, McKinsey’s 2020 Diversity Wins report found that in 2019, companies in the top quartile for ethnic diversity outperformed those in the bottom quartile by 36 percent in profitability.
Are you doing enough to tackle racial inequality in your workplace?
In recent months, protestors took to the streets in response to the murder of George Floyd at a scale not seen since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. As the U.S. grappled with rage, grief, and massive civic unrest amplified by the effects of a global pandemic, one organization after another responded with statements condemning racial injustice and police brutality.
But mere statements and donations are not a sufficient response to this historic moment; HR leaders need to lay out clear, specific, actionable plans to combat racism in the workplace. They need to confront their role in perpetuating discriminatory and inequitable systems, and pledge to do better. While organizations have long recognized the importance of diversity and worked to implement programs to make the workplace more inclusive, much work is left to be done. And now, the world is watching.
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