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Struggling with Diversity? Become a Fair-Chance Employer

When it comes to diversity, business and HR leaders acknowledge they’re not where they aspire to be. Since 2020, much of the focus has been on racial diversity - in particular, the share of Black people among applicants, employees, and leaders. However, despite the focus and effort, organizations continue to lag on that dimension, as well as on most other dimensions of diversity.

What have many organizations not yet tried?: Fair-chance hiring. It is a tangible, tactical, and highly effective way to boost diversity across multiple dimensions simultaneously.

What is fair-chance hiring?
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Workplace Diversity and Inclusion for Evolving Businesses

Many of the businesses across the globe have incorporated workplace inclusion and diversity however, according to PWC's 2021 Global Diversity & Inclusion Survey, only 4% of firms are actually excelling in achieving key characteristics of successful D&I programming. The significance, relevance, and necessity of this has grown notably in the last decade. Gender, race have been studied extensively in this context. Is that it, though? Or is there more to it?

In the current period, what exactly is workplace inclusion and diversity? Workplace Diversity and Inclusion: a passing...

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#SHRM22 Recap – Part 1: Take Care of Your People

Someone asked me on LinkedIn the other day the age-old HR dichotomy: “Is HR’s job to protect the company or the people?” My response? “You protect the company by taking care of the people. When you take care of people, they feel valued, seen, and appreciated. They will take care of your business every time.” My takeaway from #SHRM22? I’m not alone in this belief — we need to take care of our people.

I had a healthy dose of skepticism for Sunday’s opening general session with two healthcare insurance...

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Reflections on #SHRM22

As I was heading home after #SHRM22, I couldn’t help thinking about what I enjoyed the most. First, as a history lover, specifically U.S. history, it was an immeasurable honor to attend the closing general session to hear from President George W. Bush. Further, given the current divisive political climate, I was immensely proud of the respect shown to the former President by the thousands of my HR colleagues also in attendance.

The exchange between SHRM CEO Johnny C. Taylor Jr and George Bush was both entertaining and insightful. The former President...

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The Great Resignation, Stalled

Not long ago—like last month—job hunters seemed to have all the leverage. Nationwide, there were nearly two open jobs for every unemployed person. In some markets the ratio was closer to 3:1. But interest-rate hikes, a significant stock market decline, and the growing possibility of a recession—according to a slew of economists and corporate leaders—have dented the confidence of many would-be job seekers. The pace of new job postings has slowed on various online job sites. Early indications suggest that firms are pulling back on filling open slots. Major retailers have said...

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14 Strategies To Reduce Employee Turnover

How can leaders in an organization help HR professionals reduce employee turnover?

To help leaders best support HR and reduce employee turnover, we asked business leaders and HR professionals this question for their best advice. From scheduling regular meetings to humanizing your hiring process, there are several strategies that help leaders and HR professionals work together to reduce employee turnover in their organizations.

Here are 14 strategies to reduce employee turnover:

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The Inevitable Great Resignation

The LinkedIn network is run amuck with people posting new career adventures. I had questioned whether the Great Resignation was a theme more than a reality. I also questioned if mass professional exodus was a sign of disengagement or simply a trend to bolster individual empowerment. Make no mistake about it, the Great Resignation is here.

There are a few distinct things that drive people from their job:

1. Bad Bosses

2. Lack of Upward Mobility

3.  No Alignment with Company Values

4. Ineffective Products/Solutions

What seems to have been over-looked in the malaise of the Great Resignation is that most of the above is avoidable through individuals taking ownership...

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#SHRM22 Was an Event of HR Awesome!

As part of the SHRM Influencer team, we were asked to kind of do a debrief of our SHRM Annual experience this year. For so many people this was their first live event in over two years. I spoke to so many HR professionals who could not have been more excited to be back in person!

It was interesting that there was very little talked about around Covid and the pandemic. I think it’s safe to say, we’ve reached peak exhaustion over this topic. There was a ton of...

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That’s a Wrap #SHRM22!

I love creating wrap up posts and blogs after events. It was fun to reflect on the whirlwind of a week that SHRM22 in New Orleans was. Here it goes!

For starters, SHRM21 in Las Vegas was so special to me, and will probably always be my favorite annual conference ever. After the 2020 conference was cancelled, the reunion of friends and being back in my conference element was incredible and so energizing. I also got to speak on the annual conference stage for the first time, and participate in a panel...

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So You Attended #SHRM22 - Now What?

Whew!  I made through SHRM22!  I networked (so many people), I connected (and reconnected), I learned (a lot), I ate (too much), I drank (just enough), I danced (badly), I had a terrifying ghostly experience at my hotel (but that’s for another blog).  So now what?

Connect on LinkedIn!
I gathered all the business cards I collected during the event and followed up with those valuable contacts. The best place to find those folks was on LinkedIn, where most professionals have come to expect connection requests post-conference. Remember to write a personalized...

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