Posts Tagged Diversity

Labor advocates and business representatives at an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hearing offered conflicting views on how anti-discrimination laws should be applied when workers are treated differently because of ethnicity, culture, accent or English proficiency.
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November 18, 2013

In leading organizations, managing diversity is no longer limited to increasing representation of a certain identity group and building equality. Rather, both the definition and the focus have expanded to include not only the workplace, but also the workforce, the marketplace, the community and suppliers. An increasing number of organizations are adopting diversity and inclusion strategies, not only for ethical and legal reasons, but also because it positions them to be more competitive.

November 15, 2013

Beer maker says companies should stick with what makes them great

NEW YORK-If your organization’s culture works, don’t compromise it when expanding to different countries and even to different regions within the same country, said Carlos Brito, CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev).

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November 6, 2013

A growing number of Latin American executives say that gender diversity is a top agenda item at their companies. However, Latin American women are still greatly underrepresented in the C-suite within the region, according to global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

Conducted in February 2013, McKinsey’s survey received responses from 547 executives (354 men and 193 women) in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

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October 29, 2013

Integrating diverse perspectives is not synonymous with compromise. Compromise is defined as “an agreement or settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions” (Merriam-Webster). Essentially, each party has to give something up in a compromise. While compromise may be one way to integrate diverse perspectives where there are incongruent goals, many times in cross-cultural situations the goals are not necessarily incongruent. They are simply not understood or fully explored, leading people to assume compromise is the only way forward.

September 12, 2013

As organizations have become more welcoming and, in many cases, keenly interested in actively recruiting diverse employees there is much discussion about what constitutes an inclusive workplace.  This is a challenge for many organizations at the local and national levels. 

When organizations go global, or have an international mix of diverse employees at a single location, inclusion takes on added complexity through additional layers of cultural considerations such as language, local cultural norms, and sometimes greater divides in socio-economic privileges among employees. 

July 11, 2013
You’re the HR director at a national bank whose switchboard operators are good at selling products when clients call with account questions. Your firm’s acquired a regional bank whose operators get high marks for customer satisfaction. Turns out, the regional bank operators don’t like pushing products during customer-service calls; they think it’s rude.
What do you do?
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June 17, 2013

At PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, senior partners regularly pair up with women of color who are managers or directors and begin grooming them for more responsibility. The partners act as mentors, provide coaching, introduce the women to a broader network of business associates, give them high-profile assignments and provide feedback on their job performance.

The mentoring was among the reasons Working Mother magazine this month chose the New York-based consulting firm as one of this year’s “Best Companies for Multicultural Women.”

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June 7, 2013

Jason Collins has become the first male professional athlete from a major professional sport to acknowledge, publicly, that he is gay.  That he is the first, and it is 2013, speaks volumes of the apparent homophobia in professional sports.

But Collins' coming out is not an isolated event.  It is part of a trend in which LGBT employees are increasingly open in their workplaces about who they are.

June 3, 2013

A university chooses to hire a native English-speaking male professor, instead of a Taiwanese female professor whose command of the English language is limited.

An upscale women’s-clothing retailer makes hiring choices, in part, on how “good-looking” the applicants are.

A mom and pop restaurant will not hire anyone who might be seen by patrons if he or she has visible tattoos.

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May 1, 2013

Being from an Indian family where 80 percent of men are working in the Middle East and some others in the U.S., I pretty much know how their international job search process was.

April 8, 2013

On March 27, @weknownext chatted with Jonathan Segal (@Jonathan_HR_Law) about "The Boys' Club Scene at Work."

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat ...

March 28, 2013

By Jonathan Segal

The term boys’ club refers to the unofficial and often impenetrable group of men—usually white men—in an organization or department who have effective control and power. Being part of or having access to the club is often critical to making the right connections to advance within the organization.

March 21, 2013

Hiring a consulting firm to develop or support a diversity and inclusion (D&I) function is fine, experts say, as long as senior leaders drive the organization’s diversity strategy. Before seeking outside help, therefore, it’s important to ensure executive buy-in and support, experts say.

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January 25, 2013

Mo bagels, mo problems.

Let's take you back to August, 2010. David Ross, the plaintiff, attended a meeting of the Colorado Department of Transportation's Staff Bridge Unit Leaders, where the annual employee appreciation luncheon was discussed. During the meeting, another employee noted that the luncheon was scheduled during the observance of Ramadan and requested that the luncheon be rescheduled so that one of his subordinate employees, Ali Harajli, an observant Muslim, could attend. An alternative date was proposed and approved by Mr. Ross's supervisor.

December 21, 2012

You walk into your building and you see that holiday decorations are everywhere. You pass by a beautiful pine Christmas tree eloquently decorated. A co-worker responds: "The tree is inappropriate to the workplace."

Segal: WRONG. It is beautiful and Christmas can and should be acknowledged (says the Jewish guy who wears his grandmother’s Chai). Don’t remove Christmas from the holiday season. But recognize other holidays, too. A Hanukkah menorah and a Kwanzaa harvest basket would be nice additions. 

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December 12, 2012

When HR Magazine asked readers how to thank employees with holiday festivities, HR professionals responded with plenty of good ideas. One theme emerged, however: Make sure everyone feels included.

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December 10, 2012

High-ranking executives and officials have an added burden of being the face of an organization. Most chief diversity and inclusion (D&I) officers understand this challenge and must deal with it in both their professional and personal lives. This responsibility can become a source of controversy when a D&I officer’s actions or personal opinions don’t exactly align with an employer’s policies.

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December 7, 2012

Effective January 2013, two new California laws will broaden what constitutes discrimination based on an employee’s sex or religion. Practices that may have been lawful for 2012 could now create liability and litigation for 2013.

Breast-Feeding Discrimination

December 4, 2012