One question I often hear from ERG leaders is, “What can we do to drive greater organizational inclusion?” Whenever I hear a broad question like this — whether from someone else or rolling around in my own head — it always reminds me of the conversat...Read More
Over the year of writing this blog, I’ve focused on a number of ways that ERGs can drive value to their members as well as their companies. My suggestions have covered a broad number of topics and provided tips and ideas that are pretty easy to apply...Read More
Years ago, when companies started thinking about how their newly minted employee resource groups could add value to the organization beyond their role as home-and-hearth for the formerly underrepresented, supporting recruiting was the first thing tha...Read More
Perform a Google search any time of the week on the words “best practices,” and you are likely to get north of 300 million hits. Ever since the adoption and propagation of this term by management consultants, it’s become one of the most popular buzzw...Read More
Whenever I attend gatherings of ERG leaders as either a speaker or panelist, I always wait for that one question that will, without fail, eventually surface: “What is the best way to show executives evidence of all the great value we are driving and ...Read More
OK, I don’t like Mother’s Day. I admit it up front.
My mother didn’t like it either. And I try to take after her … she is one of the world’s great mothers. An unsung hero who survived the worst the world had on offer, and then raised me to appreciat...Read More
“Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” — unless you’ve been living under a rock this past year, you’ve either read or at least heard of Anne-Marie Slaughter’s provocative article in The Atlantic that went viral and sparked a heated national conversation...Read More
Tomorrow’s workplace diversity is likely to be much deeper than today’s, and women may be uniquely qualified to maximize its innovative potential.
Driven largely by changing demographics and technological advancements, this new “deep diversity” enco...Read More
In managing gender balancing effectively, vocabulary is an absolutely crucial leadership tool. Leaders need to know how to talk about gender – positioning it as a business issue, which is the responsibility of all managers. It helps to be very inclus...Read More
Did you know that Brazil has more gender balance in its companies' senior executive roles than the U.S. does? So do China, Russia and Poland? See here:
Gender Balance in Senior Management
Russia: 46% Female / 54% Male
Brazil: 27% Female / 73% ...Read More
Get support for current and future diversity programs by putting measurement into language executives can understand.
Calculating diversity ROI in many different areas can show which interventions contribute the most to the organization, allowing priorities to be established for high-impact performance.
There is no doubt that adequately meeting customer expectations is an essential part of the role of a robust diversity and inclusion organization. By accurately identifying those expectations, and meeting or exceeding them consistently, your departme...Read More
This past winter brought relentless winter storms which blanketed much of the nation, making warmer weather seem impossible. A few weeks into May, much of that has changed. Summer is nearing and warmer weather has taken over in portions of the countr...Read More
Think back to when you first became a diversity and inclusion practitioner. Whether it was two weeks or 20 years ago, most likely the thrill and exhilaration of the career change quickly gave way to the sinking realization that implementing a diversi...Read More
When giving feedback, follow the Platinum Rule: do unto others as they would have done unto them.
Blogger Susana Rinderle says leadership coaching, better accountability or process improvement may be the answer to your diversity problems, not training.
One of the most common requests that companies like mine receive from organizations is to do training. When done right and well, training increases knowledge, builds awareness and teaches effective behaviors. When done wrong or poorly, training is a ...Read More
Donald Sterling is in the news — a name I didn’t know until a few weeks ago, although I’m a Los Angeles native and have seen the Clippers play live. As a diversity and inclusiveness practitioner I’ve been asked what I think about him and his “racist”...Read More
There is a growing recognition of the importance of cultural competence in leading organizations. I have just completed a comprehensive study of best practices, and here are a few conclusions:
Organizations such as Johnson & Johnson and Hilto...Read More
The younger generations love seeing themselves on camera — stills, or even better, moving pictures. What is it about that feeling of seeing our image in real time? And what sort of curiosity is it for us when we have that confirmation?
Those of us ...Read More
Technology is at the same time both fantastic and a real pain. Think about recruitment for a minute. While the profession has been revolutionized in the digital era, it has also created a huge lack of courtesy to candidates relative to the past.
According to a 2010 Pew Study, 50 is the median number of text messages millennials send every day. That is a lot.
So what are these texting, tweeting, finger-tapping millennials so eagerly texting to one another? LOL! Who knows?! Perhaps there is...Read More
I love football, and I watch it regularly — especially when the Pittsburgh Steelers are playing. I recently was watching a game, and one of my favorite players, Troy Polamalu, made an outstanding play. With cameras watching, he ran back to the huddle...Read More
Communications technology is one the dominant areas that defines our times. None of us would choose to go back to the days before mobile telephones; of phones, emails, music and news on-demand and instant messaging. What a world we inhabit where we c...Read More
After Japan's tragedy, its people came together to propel change. The latest racially charged shooting could be the signal for the U.S. to do the same.
If I was Kathyn Stockett, author of the New York Times best-selling novel The Help, I would be so proud of the movie. The film adaptation, starring Viola Davis (Aibileen), Emma Stone (Skeeter) and Octavia Spencer (Minny) captures the essence of the b...Read More
It’s summer, and if you’re an avid movie-goer, that means it’s all about the action blockbuster.
Action movies, along with war flicks and drama films, are among my favorites: They’re full of men, the good guys always win and I...Read More
Diversity leaders, get ready to roll your eyes at the insensitivity and even audacity that the now-former CEO of New Zealand's Employers and Manufacturers Association recently displayed on the air.
During a radio debate, the CEO spat out remarks ...Read More
A new study — “Whites See Racism as a Zero-Sum Game That They Are Now Losing” — reports that more whites in America than blacks believe they are victims of racism.
A research team led by Samuel Sommers, a psychologist at Tufts...Read More
Does your on-boarding program have a mentoring element to it? It should.
For as much reading and researching as I've done on the importance of mentoring and coaching, I can hardly think of a period in the lifespan of an employee when having a mentor...Read More
I know it's been a while, but I thought I'd brush off the dust here with what I'm sure many will agree is an absolutely stunning revelation: Social media is pretty remarkable.
OK, so maybe that was a little sarcastic. As we pass the halfway point ...Read More
Happiness is something everyone wants, in some vague and ill-defined way, but few of us are willing to work at it. Work at happiness, you ask? Isn’t happiness bestowed upon us by fate and circumstance? Not really; if that were true, then how do you e...Read More
I know, I know ... many of you might have rolled your eyes at that headline. But, as silly as it sounds, a recent blog from The Wall Street Journal may give the idea some legs.
According to this post written last week, research says that youngsters ...Read More
Those who have been entrenched in the world of on-boarding know there are two vastly distinct sides to the practice. There is the tactical, systematic side -- the act of processing new-hire tax forms, security information, payroll, etc. -- and then t...Read More
USA Today reports that "The centenarian population has grown 66 percent over the past three decades, according to the 2010 Census data. There are 53,364 people in the USA who are 100 or older, compared with 32,194 in 1980."
What does this trend mean...Read More
We often hear senior learning executives say: "If millennials continue to be a large percentage of our workforce, how must our learning department change?" What they are really asking is how can their learning department incorporate the same features...Read More
The notion of the traditional performance review has always baffled me.
Being that I am 25 years old and largely still considered a “kid” in today’s workforce, I've always felt as if job performance should always be critiqued and cultured on a const...Read More
While our book, The 2020 Workplace, predicts Gen Y will make up 50 percent or more of the workplace by the year 2020, what we did not predict was where Gen Ys would want to work: small companies.
According to a survey of 285,000 Gen Ys, or millenn...Read More
Workplace culture evolves with each generation. Today’s hires have demands and needs quite different from what their hiring managers are used to. Members of Generation 2020, born after 1997 are using social media in kindergarten and bringing new dema...Read More
I recently attended the International Institute of Analytics (IIA) conference where Tom Davenport introduced Analytics 3.0. He felt we were transitioning from Analytics 2.0 to Analytics 3.0. Let me explain. We have been in Analytics 2.0 for approxima...Read More
David Vance, an advisory board member of mine, recently spoke on a conference panel, where he made a plea to the learning community to step outside their comfort zone and overcome fear. Learning organizations are terrified of making projections for f...Read More
By understanding where human capital investments are working — and where they are not — you can make targeted adjustments that improve impact over time. Suppose you knew that your leadership development program was working for boomers but not millenn...Read More
What is a proof of causation, really? How can we establish the connection between an investment and a business effect or say which metric drives another? Why should we strive to get to causation using our big data? Because to compete in today’s compe...Read More
Any time you walk into a doctor’s office, whether it’s a hospital or a bush clinic in a tent, someone takes your pulse and temperature. This sort of basic triage is fundamental to understanding your data.
This sort of fundamental information on da...Read More
A new survey shows companies' variable pay is at record levels.Read More
Many corporate CEOs say they aren't willing to completely unplug while on vacation, a new report suggests.Read More
Earning a degree from a for-profit college doesn't help or hurt career prospects any more or less than getting one from a community college, new research suggests.Read More
Some players of popular strategy or role-playing video games say they learn skills playing such games that should help them land an office job, The Wall Street Journal reports.Read More
Research suggests affirmative action programs have the potential to create an adversarial environment.Read More
Leaders need to understand the underlying behaviors that get results.
Technology can be a distraction in the workplace. Take proactive steps to make sure that it helps, not hinders performance.
Some of you are old enough to remember the lines from a popular Bob Dylan song from 1964, “The Times They Are A-Changin.” He was prescient beyond what even he could have imagined. Not only are times changing, but they are changing at a rate faster ...Read More
The antivirus company Symantec seems to have been infected by its own virus — what I call CEOpathy. In March 2014, the security company fired its CEO for the second time in two years. And, it isn’t the only company to become infected.
In fact, CE...Read More
Unless you are a modern Robinson Crusoe on a remote island, your life is being altered as technology changes. One of many positive aspects is that it helps older people use their brains to learn new things. Very young children, almost before they lea...Read More
Stop distracting yourself with small tasks and deal with the real issue.
The Great White North could teach us a few things about psychology in the workplace.
The entire country is swept up in soccer fever, something that comes as quite a surprise to those of us raised on American sports such as baseball and football where a tie is like "kissing your sister" (as Bear Bryant used to say) and players can use...Read More
If you want to be happier today — without losing 20 pounds, starting a lasting relationship, finding your true purpose in life or buying a new Porsche Carrera — follow this simple rule: use your strengths. That is it; nothing more. Clear out the clut...Read More
For the 58th year in a row I was NOT asked to give a commencement speech at a major university — or any school, for that matter — but if I had, here is what I would have said to graduates entering the workforce:
1. Get after it. No gap year, exten...Read More
Knowing how candidates search for jobs will help employers connect with the talent they need.
Consider both a client company's needs and your own strengths before entering into a business relationship.
Blogger Elaine Orler says when it comes down to it, recruiting is essentially a customer service function, with the customers being line managers and candidates.
The negativity around temporary employment is being cast aside, and temporary-to-hire (or contract-to-hire) opportunities are heading for the spotlight as a multifaceted talent strategy. While this type of arrangement was typically saved for part-tim...Read More
By its simplest definition, the role of the recruiter is to find individuals who are the right fit for their company’s open positions. But the job itself is more than that, requiring that they keep up with the company’s changing needs and requirement...Read More
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