Rapid advancements in technology and unprecedented demographic transitions continue to radically change the global workplace. The unremitting pace of change is affecting not only how, when and where work gets done, but is also creating the need for a total reskilling of the workforce. What will it take to find success in the new world of work?
Responsible employers, among other steps, train managers on their “bystander” obligations. It is not enough to refrain from bad behavior. As a bystander with power, if you see or hear harassing behavior, you must respond to it. But how?
“Don’t hand me no lines, and keep your hands to yourself.” Way back in 1986 (that was 31 years ago, can you believe it?), the Georgia Satellites summed it up pretty well. But apparently not everyone was listening.
Earlier this month, 18,000 people descended upon Orlando for the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Technology.
We live in an amazing time, where the influence and impact of technology permeates every aspect of our lives. We rely on technology to do our banking, stay connected with our friends, book our travel, and to manage our schedules. And yet women make up a relatively small percentage of the technical workforce.
Not too long ago, women who worked in the technology industry or in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers would tell you that they were often the only female in the room.
This month, we focus on the contributions women have made, including in medicine, law, business, and literature.
But we must do more than recognize these contributions. We must acknowledge that, at least in the business world, the talent women offer is grossly under-utilized and painfully undervalued.
On some of the world’s most visible stages, women appear to be making huge professional strides. In the U.S., we had our first female presidential candidate from a major party and the U.K. chose its second female prime minister. Women are outnumbering men by a 3-to-2 ratio on college campuses, and they have earned more doctoral degrees than men for seven straight years. Even at this year’s Summer Olympics, the U.S. fielded a team of athletes made up of a female majority for the first time.
In mid-October, 15,000 people gathered in Houston for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC).
If you are a woman working in technology, you will often be the only female in the room … and it will often feel strange. But this diversity—your diversity—will add value.
Social Security is with you through life’s journey — from when you’re born, through forming a family, and into retirement. While everyone’s situation is different, women face unique challenges when choosing when to retire and making other decisions related to their future Social Security benefits.
When to Retire
With all of the focus on the new overtime rules, a major event could be forgotten. One year ago last night we said good bye to Mad Men. For some, it was just a television show. Allow them their blissful naivety. A lot has happened to our friends in the last year with career and life lessons for all of us. So let’s leave the real world for just a moment:
A round up of workplace developments and legal trends to help keep HR ahead of the curve
Every year more and more people in the U.S. become aware of the International Women’s Day, a global holiday celebrated on March 8th and recognized by the U.N. The fun fact about the holiday is that it started in the United States in the early 1900's (you can read about the history of it here). Still, not very many Americans I know are actually excited about it or celebrate it in any way.