Need workers? First lady touts talents of veterans and military spouses

June 19, 2016 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

As July 4 approaches, many employers are anxious to declare a holiday so their employees can enjoy the nation’s birthday festivities. But when the fireworks are over, they may be looking to hire the kind of talent so often celebrated on Independence Dayveterans and military spouses.  Smiling young businessman shaking hands with a soldier

Many employers have come to appreciate the diversity of experience that people with military ties can bring to a business. And first lady Michelle Obama, along with Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, hope their Joining Forces initiative helps even more employers bring on veterans and military spouses.

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Gender diversity in the workforce: What’s holding women back?

May 15, 2016 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

A number of well-intentioned corporate executives—with their eyes squarely on the bottom line—are taking action to increase gender diversity at all levels of their organizations. Confident they’ll see a payoff, those top managers are making sure women’s ideas contribute to their organizations’ strategic thinking. Despite strong efforts, though, recent research notes a lack of progress.  Torso Equating One Female Worker With Three Males

In March, global management and consulting firm McKinsey & Company reported in its McKinsey Quarterly that statistics collected from 30,000 employees at 118 North American companies representing nine industries reveals three “common pipeline pain points”: (1) Women often are unable to enter an organization, (2) sometimes they’re stuck in an organization’s middle ranks, and (3) sometimes they’re locked out of top jobs.

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Switching gears: Shifting to reverse can rev up workplace mentoring

April 17, 2016 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

Researchers report that the millennial generation now makes up the largest share of the U.S. workforce. To be sure, the baby boomer and Generation X contingents remain strong, but the sheer number of younger workers makes them a force to be reckoned with. Longtime workers may think their young colleagues have a lot to learn, but employers are finding the youngest workers also have a lot to teach.  Two Women Working At Computer In Contemporary Office

Flipped, or reverse, mentoring is one way employers can cash in on the wisdom their youngest workers bring to the workforce. Mary George Opperman, vice president and chief human resources officer at Cornell University, is scheduled to present a talk called “Reverse Mentoring: Building Meaningful Intergenerational Relationships in the Workplace” at the Business and Legal Resources THRIVE 2016 Annual Conference, scheduled for May 12-13 in Las Vegas.

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Unconscious bias: Employers learning how to fight problems they don’t see

March 20, 2016 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

Efforts to create more diverse workplaces have landed on many employers’ radar screens in recent years. The tech industry, notably, has been exposed as being overwhelmingly male and white, leading some of those influential employers to do some soul searching. They and employers in an array of other fields have devised programs resulting in improvement, but they acknowledge that more progress is needed on the diversity front.  Stereotype

Now that many employers have implemented programs aimed at hiring, retaining, and promoting a diverse workforce, a new termunconscious biasis coming into the spotlight. But how can employers fight something if they’re not conscious of it? If people don’t even see their biases, they’re fighting blind. That may sound nearly impossible, but those who have studied the issue have identified ways to start.

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Fairness in diversity programs: Know how to avoid a backlash

February 14, 2016 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

Employers and academics alike have long touted the value of diversity in the workplace. But diversity efforts also have detractorsa fact born out in December when criticism was heaped on the CEO of Sam’s Club after she spoke out about her commitment to building her own diverse leadership team and encouraging the same from her company’s suppliers.  Team Diversity

Diversity backlash

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Getting past the threat of sexual harassment in the workplace

January 17, 2016 - by: Tammy Binford 1 COMMENTS

As employers strive to create diverse workforces, they need to think beyond just attracting employees from varied backgrounds. It’s just as important to think about how to retain a diverse group. Taking steps to prevent sexual harassment is one way to make sure talented and productive employees don’t flee work environments they find uncomfortable, even unlawful.Business Man Subtly Sexual Harrasing The Business Woman

Recognizing sexual harassment is the first step. Gone are the days when a typical case involved a male boss chasing a female secretary around the office, or workers in a male-dominated workplace posting a calendar displaying risqué pictures in the breakroom. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, tasked with enforcing antiharassment law, and courts now recognize many more situations that fit the definition of sexual harassment. So employers need to take concrete steps to reduce their risk regarding subtle as well as blatant harassment.

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Hiring people with disabilities: ideas on meeting challenges, enjoying benefits

December 20, 2015 - by: Tammy Binford 1 COMMENTS

Searching for employment often feels like one of life’s most difficult challenges. The job seeker has to find a suitable position, go through the application process, hope to advance to the interview stage, and then find a way to stand out in what may be a crowd of applicants vying for the same job.   Impairments

Employers looking for the right hire face equally daunting challenges. Matching a position to someone with the right skills, experience, and attitude is no easy task, but successful employers develop methods to help them find the right talent. When reaching out to applicants with some type of disability, though, they may need to alter their process.

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Ivy League or State U? Employers considering educational diversity

November 15, 2015 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

Once upon a time a resume touting a prestigious university would automatically land at the top of a recruiter’s stack. Conventional wisdom dictated that a degree from an esteemed school signaled the best-educated, highest-potential candidates. But now a desire for educational diversity may be changing the old way of thinking.

Professional services firm Deloitte announced in late September that its United Kingdom operations would introduce a university-blind interview system for entry-level recruits “to help prevent unconscious bias and ensure that job offers are made on the basis of present potential, not past personal circumstance,” according to a post on the company’s blog.College Diploma, Cap, and Tassel

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Looking to hire former service members? Veterans offer advice, encouragement

October 18, 2015 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

As Veterans Day approaches, the nation looks at ways to honor those who have served in the military. But honors alone don’t get former service members employed once they re-enter the civilian world. So employers need not just an understanding of the legal requirements related to employing or reemploying veterans; they also need to understand the attributes veterans bring and the challenges they face when searching for civilian employment.  Military Veteran Goes to Work

Paul J. Sweeney, an attorney with Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP in Binghamton, New York, logged 29 years of active and reserve service in the Marine Corps, including a deployment to Iraq. He points to important benefits employers enjoy when hiring veterans. “As a general rule, the armed forces sets high standards when recruiting service members,” Sweeney says. “Unlike the general population, more than nine out of 10 of those who enlist in the armed forces have a high school degree. Also, the armed forces screens out those with criminal convictions and drug issues.”

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Apps, attitudes pushing employers to walk the walk on social responsibility

September 20, 2015 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

More and more employers tout diversity and inclusion efforts in their recruiting strategies, but just putting on a socially responsible face may not be enough to entice today’s high-potential jobseekers. Not only are prospective employees interested in working for employers that are good corporate citizens, they have a plethora of tools available to make sure an employer is truly walking the walk and not just talking the talk on its social justice efforts. Man with Note Pad and Give Concept

For example, websites and phone apps such as GoodGuide and B Corp let consumers and jobseekers alike check out products and organizations on social justice issues. In addition to apps and websites, jobseekers use social media to scrutinize potential employers. With the expanded networking capacity social media provides, jobseekers are empowered to investigate potential employers by interacting with people they know and trust.

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