Tag Archives: Diversity & Inclusion

Reaching New Heights

Diverse Leadership

Empower the workforce of the future by proactively building a diverse leadership pipeline.

By Marta Chmielowicz

In today’s competitive and fast-moving business world, innovation is key—and there’s no shortage of advice about how companies can innovate. From adopting AI-enabled technologies to embracing an agile mindset, HR leaders are working hard to stay ahead. But there’s another proven driver of progress and change that organizations can add to their list of strategies: building a diverse leadership team.

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Building Blocks to Diversity

Diverse Hiring

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.

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In the Right Direction

Pay Equity

Gender pay inequities exist but the gap is narrowing.

By Katie Bardaro

Gender pay inequities persist in 2019, but not necessarily in the way many people think. There is a lot of miscommunication and confusion about the gender pay gap, so let’s set things straight. PayScale leveraged pay data from 1.8 million employees to compare the overall median pay for women to the overall median pay for men and found that women earn 79 cents for every dollar earned by a man. When accounting for the intersectionality of race/ethnicity and gender, this pay gap ranges from 74 cents on the dollar (African American and Hispanic women) to 93 cents on the dollar (Asian women).

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A Culture of Connection

Global Workforce

A global workforce with dispersed employees can be brought together with technology and a human touch.

By Rachel Mooney

For HR professionals, the rise of the digital workplace presents an exciting but challenging opportunity. Technology has effectively blurred the lines between work and personal lives while enabling new opportunities for recruitment and retainment. According to a recent study of remote work from Buffer, 99 percent of respondents noted that they would like to work remotely at least part of the time. Another report by Indeed shows that 52 percent of employees say they wish they could work from home even if it meant taking a pay cut.

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Eye on Diversity

Diversity

Four organisations share their journeys to a more inclusive workforce.

By Simon Kent

Make no mistake, creating and maintaining a diverse workforce is both a business imperative and a huge challenge for today’s employers. Researching the subject back in 2012, McKinsey found companies ranking in the top quartile of executive-board diversity experienced 53 per cent higher returns on equity, on average, than those in the bottom quartile. Forbes has also identified diversity as a key to innovation, claiming “diversity is no longer simply a matter of creating a heterogeneous workforce, but using that workforce to innovate and give it a competitive advantage in the marketplace.”

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Ensuring Fair Hiring Practices

Ban the Box

Criminal records are keeping millions of people out of the workforce but new policies are closing the divide.

By Marta Chmielowicz

77 million. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, that’s the number of American adults who have a criminal record—one in three.

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C-TEN Insights: Diverse by Design

Diversity

Leading D&I for a minority majority company, SVP of HR and D&I Jacqueline Welch reveals strategies that drive results.

By Debbie Bolla

Industry research shows that diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts can provide organizations with a competitive edge: McKinsey reports that the most ethnically diverse companies are 35 percent more likely to outperform their counterparts and Bersin by Deloitte research finds that inclusive companies are 1.7 times more likely to be innovative leaders in their fields. Jacqueline Welch knows this—and more. As senior vice president of human resources and diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Freddie Mac, she has made D&I a real priority for the organization. Here, she shares how to increase, communicate, and measure D&I efforts.

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Out of the Shadows, Into the Spotlight

Disability Inclusion

What do Facebook, Walmart, CVS Health, and Voya Financial have in common? A strong disability inclusion program.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Twenty-eight years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. Prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities and calling for reasonable accommodations for all who need them, this piece of legislation was a landmark victory in the fight for civil rights and equal opportunities.

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D&I in DNA

Diversity and Inclusion

Strategies to help organizations build a connection between D&I goals and business results.

By Amy Cappellanti-Wolf

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” That’s a quote from renowned management guru Peter Drucker—one that vividly illustrates the delicate and important relationship between a company’s culture and its business goals. Many organizations invest a great deal of time and money into building that elusive “winning culture” through in-depth engagement studies and large-scale initiatives that result in multi-year strategies for change. But it can be easy to overlook some of the simple ways to create a place where people feel inspired to reach their potential and help their company do the same.

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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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