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Learning to be a Better Ally

 

 

 

I like to think about myself as being a good ally. But I still have a lot to learn. I have relied on my own reality and experiences and made assumptions that other people's experience is similar. It's not. Not even a little.

As someone who was adopted, I have some insight into what it feels like to be 'other' and not belong. As a woman attorney, I have plenty of experience with gender bias and sexual...

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The Same but Different - Building a Truly Inclusive Culture for All

 

 

 

“Diversity is the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin and political beliefs.”

What about race? How do we break down the fundamental differences that are inherent in people of the same race? Africans are different, African-American’s are different. We don’t seem to understand that even amongst people who appear to look the same, we are different. We are not a monolithic group of people. We don’t all...

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Video Interviews: Employer Brand and the Candidate Experience

 

 

Video interviewing software has become an increasingly popular way for businesses to screen candidates. Now, companies from startup to Fortune 500 are using video interviews in their hiring process in order to streamline and expedite the hiring process,

While video interviewing is commonplace, many companies still get it wrong.  Specifically, many recruiting teams stumble when it comes to the employer branding and candidate experience implications of video interviews.

To get started, here are some of the pitfalls you should consider when you start using video interview software that can hurt the candidate...

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Intrepreneurship

 

 

As one who has dedicated the better part of his life to finding the Holy Grail of Employee Engagement, I am consistently in the trenches trying to find what works and what needs to change. This requires 4 a.m. conference calls with other regions of the world, speaking at and attending conferences of various disciplines and driving technical deployments that are massively complex in scale. Every day presents new challenges, every organization wants something different and no concept seems impossible to bring to reality.

The studies that promote global employee...

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Building a World-Class Workforce Skilled Up for Tomorrow

 

Today’s companies have a people shortage, exacerbated by a skills shortage. This is probably the most critical problem facing employers today, and we know it’s not going to get better.

The U.S workforce is shrinking due to decades of dropping birth rates and Baby Boomers entering retirement. To staff up, we can hire from untapped talent pools and poach talent from our competitors, but that will never be sufficient to fill the highly skilled jobs of today and tomorrow.

It’s...

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Driving Innovation While Focusing on Foundational Programs

 


 

To lead in an ever-changing world, today’s chief HR officers (CHRO) must act swiftly, pushing through unfamiliar boundaries to find innovative business solutions. At the same time, they must continue to ensure the excellence of transactional HR programs such as pay and benefits.

HR leaders’ response to this challenge will help determine how prepared they are to drive organizational capability and performance within an evolving ecosystem of work.

The New Table Stakes

The Fourth Industrial Revolution—with its attendant automation, robotics and artificial intelligence—is disrupting the world of work as well...

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Suicide Awareness: 11 Suggestions for Employers

 

 

This week is suicide prevention week.  The problem is much more serious than many realize.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WISQARS Leading Causes of Death Reports, in 2017:

  • Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of over 47,000 people.
  • Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34.
  • There were more than twice as many suicides (47,173) in the United States as there were homicides (19,510).

But not everyone...

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We Need Civility, Now More Than Ever!

 

 

We are living in times of right and wrong, black and white, left and right. There are far too many absolutes to my liking and it leaves us all with huge chasms between us.  Social media like Facebook and Twitter have given folks the ability to easily not take the time to think about what they say. And, there is so much fear in our current world that every dissenting comment is seen as a confrontation. So, to be civil with one another, it is going to take some change in habits, but...

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