Achieving Fair Pay Regardless of Gender

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Recently we shared some of our own efforts to increase the diversity of our workforce, especially with respect to gender balance. Like most software development firms, we typically receive many more resumes and inquiries from male candidates, especially for software engineers and other technical roles. Recently, we’ve had some great success sourcing qualified female candidates through a local job fair, although we’re still not sure what caused the unusual skew in that instance.

In addition to being a software development company, we’re also an HR company, by virtue of the fact that we develop HRM software. This means that we’re always striving to implement best practices in our own organization, while at the same time developing new best practices based on the evolution of technology in the HR realm.

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In our ongoing efforts to build a more gender-balanced workforce we’ve become increasingly aware of the issue of gender-based pay inequity. Not that it’s an issue for team, but that it affects so many women, even after years of advocacy.  Although wage disparity appears to be less of an issue in technical fields, when comparing men and women in the same roles; women are still more likely to fill positions that pay less while higher paying positions are more often filled by men.

There are a lot of theories around why women are more likely to be in lower paying roles including these: less focus on career development, educational disparity and taking time off for child-rearing.

This video by John Oliver offers biting commentary on the gender pay gap in the US and accepts no explanations or excuses for its continued existence. (Note: video starts automatically.)

With his usual sharp satire, Oliver hilariously highlights much of the hypocrisy around this issue; including the disparity between President Obama’s personal stand on the subject and the existing gap between male and female salaries among federal government employees.

Putting aside the complexities that contribute to which jobs are filled by whom and whether certain fields are dominated by men or women; there is no question that unbiased hiring and compensation equity will continue to be significant issues for employers in an increasingly pluralistic society.

As employers, if we believe in creating an inclusive and diverse workforce and we are committed to fair and equitable compensation policies, we need to

Your people and how you treat them are a direct reflection of your organization and what it stands for. Today’s talent wants to work for socially responsible companies with a strong employer brand with employee values and concerns—which invariably include fair pay.


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Winter is Coming

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I sat down at my computer today and it suddenly hit me—this is the last week of August! Summer is almost over. For those who live in climates with distinct seasons, this can be a challenging time of year. Days are getting shorter, nights are getting colder and the remaining opportunities for backyard beer and barbecues are dwindling. Lotus Carroll Summer Essentials: Sprinkler Karate, Flickr Yes, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, “winter is coming.” Of course winter has its own charms, I just can’t think of any right now. And I …

Hiring Without Bias is Harder Than You Think

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In our recent series on Achieving Workplace Diversity, we examined how recruiters, hiring managers and interviewers can build certain practices into their process to support sourcing a more diverse mix of qualified candidates and ultimately reflecting greater diversity in their hiring. One of the challenges we didn’t address in the series is the impact of unconscious bias. Photo by Piutus, Flickr At each stage of the hiring process, a candidate (or a candidate’s resume) is subject to the filters and perceptions of those responsible for deciding who moves forward and who does not. Regardless of all …

10 Things You Should Never Do in a PowerPoint Presentation

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PowerPoint is still the most commonly used presentation software on the market. While interesting new entrants like Prezi are attracting some passionate followers, for over 20 years, most of us have turned to PowerPoint when we need to put together a slide deck. As an application, it allows you to do everything you need to do in creating an effective presentation. Unfortunately, it also comes with enough bells and whistles to lead you down the path to presentation hell. No doubt you’ve experienced some painful PowerPoint presentations in your time. If you want to be known as someone who …

Two Approaches to Calculating Bonuses

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There are a lot of traditions surrounding the distribution of bonuses ranging from timing to eligibility, from merit to patronage, from celebration to stomach ulcers. The less pleasant traditions are usually a result of poorly defined structure or “bias bonuses” that reward people based on favoritism and politics rather than contribution. Photo by Frédéric Bisson, Flickr To ensure that bonus time creates a positive tradition in your organization, here are two vastly different approaches that strive to address common bonus time inequities. The Standard Approach The annual bonus is a common approach used by …

Creating a Path for Growth

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 Photo Credit: Nicholas A. Tonelli, Flikr Research shows that one of the most important attractors in a job search (and one of the strongest incentives for existing employees to stay with an organization), is the availability of growth opportunities. At the same time, company structures are becoming flatter, with fewer levels of management and less hierarchy. These increasingly horizontal organizational structures have resulted in more lateral movement and “cross training” to support career development aspirations. Some people find scaling the “career lattice” more satisfying than the traditional approach to climbing the corporate ladder. But there …

3 Things HR Can Learn from Great Customer Service

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More than anything else, great customer service is about respect: respect for the customer as an individual,  respect for the customer’s time and respect for the customer’s point of view—even when it seems off base. It’s Not About You Variations of the statement: “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” have been attributed to Theodore Roosevelt and John C. Maxwell, among others. This phrase has been used time and again to illustrate a fundamental principle in leadership, sales, and customer service. The same …

Brain Health and Workplace Performance

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Although there’s a lot of evidence that brain health is improved when a mind remains active and challenged; increasingly, research shows that mental downtime is even more important. In his article in Scientific American, Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime, Ferris Jabr writes: Brain Health by Dan Century, Flikr “Downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential to both achieve our highest levels of performance and simply form stable memories in everyday life. “ Some research suggests the brain’s ability to make sense of …

Are Leadership Skills Transferable?

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Adapted from Nelson Mandela by BK, Flickr I recently became involved in a discussion of community leadership and how it differs from the type of leadership that businesses want to cultivate in their managers and executives. During this discussion, we brainstormed some of the traits that a community leader must have to be successful. We agreed on these: Integrity – has to walk the talk Sensitivity to the issues of multiple stakeholders An understanding of the political landscape that influences decisions Honest concern for the constituents they serve at an individual level The ability to cultivate alliances and build rapport …

Presentation Skills - Using the Tools of the Speakers Trade

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In spite of our increasingly digital world, the need for effective presentation skills has never been greater. Whether you’re conducting training online, creating in-house video content for your blog, or presenting the results of a project to your colleagues—strong presentation skills help. In his blog, 5 reasons you need great presentation skills, speaking coach, Mark Kyte, identifies these benefits you’ll realize by polishing your speaking skills: Orator by southtyrolean, Flickr Gain respect from colleagues Build your reputation within the industry Impress senior management Sell [more effectively] to your customers Gain confidence to stretch yourself …

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Achieving Fair Pay Regardless of Gender August 29, 2014
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