Workplace diversity and gender balance have been so much on our minds these past few months that we’ve been up to our eyeballs in fascinating facts and resources. As I archived a bunch of them recently, it occurred to me to put together a quick Workplace Diversity Resource Roundup before filing them away.
So here you go, some of our favorite resources on workplace diversity and gender balance:
The Business Case for Diversity in the Workplace: MIT Sloan's Evan Apfelbaum explains how homogenous teams may underestimate the complexity of their work in this video and the underlying article that both draw from his research on the business value of workplace diversity.
Uh-Oh Syndrome, Learning to Understand Diversity in the Workplace: In this introductory video, Dr. Steve Robbins explains that while certain cultural and neuro-biological forces compel us to be closed-minded towards anything new or different, we have it in our power to overcome these influences so that we can comfortably entertain new ideas and be more accepting of those who differ from us.
Inclusion, Exclusion, Illusion and Collusion (TEDxDelrayBeach): Helen Turnbull, CEO of Human Facets, delivers a thoughtful presentation on people’s propensity for “affinity bias” and at the same time our abiding need to belong – and how these two factors can lead to exclusion.
Gender Balance & Pay Equity
Documentarian Lauren Greenfield explains her #LikeAGirl video campaign as follows: "In my work as a documentarian, I have witnessed the confidence crisis among girls and the negative impact of stereotypes first-hand. When the words 'like a girl' are used to mean something bad, it is profoundly disempowering…I am excited to be a part of the movement to redefine 'like a girl' into a positive affirmation."
In this TED Talk, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.
This editorial 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.)
In Hacking Tech’s Diversity Problem, Law Professor, Joan C. Williams, provides practical strategies for interrupting systemic gender bias in high-tech companies; comparing the long-term effectiveness of bias interruption versus cultural initiatives as a means to effect change.
Summer is a time for growth and turnover at many companies. It’s when senior staff are most likely to take their vacations or start their retirements. In their stead, many are given opportunities to step into new roles, even if it’s only temporarily.
But for new team managers, turnover and growth can mean a lot of new responsibilities. Even if you don’t provide full training for temporary roles, pass along these 7 tips so that your managers know what will be expected of them:
1. Be Prepared!
In order to succeed in your new role, it
This post is a sneak preview of the newly-released fifth chapter of my free eBook, “How to Cultivate Success in Real-Time.” Click here to download the full thing.
Realizing the Difference
Companies that have allowed organizational culture to evolve without guidance often suffer from many of the same problems and issues. They start out as fun places to work where everyone is goal-driven and focused on the same objective, but degrade to become places of despondence and conflict. Often, each department, division or team has a different culture. Power struggles are a constant factor and internal politics drive
2012 was a busy year for HR technology. From acquisitions and controversies to IPOs and innovations, businesses the world over saw human resources software in the spotlight.
With a busy 2013 already underway, it can be easy to forget how significant 2012 truly was. If you’re going to remember just ten key events, let these be them:January
All photos by Masakazu Matsumoto.
After an unremarkable few years in the wake of 2008’s economic collapse, SAP finally hit the big one late in 2011, announcing the acquisition of SuccessFactors for $3.4B (the deal would go on to close in February 2012), and relaying that
Many books have been written about creating a culture of success. But there is very little information circulating about how to merge traditional management theory with the very untraditional (and even virtual) environments we find ourselves working in today.
My free eBook How to Cultivate Success in Real-Time offers a path of convergence between experience-based best practices and the “learn as you go” demands of real-time execution that managers and leaders now face. Here is a special preview of part 4, called 5 Steps to Creating a Real-Time Culture of Success:Step 1: Build on Shared Values
A lackluster corporate culture often develops
A preview of Chapter 3 of "How to Cultivate Success in Real Time":
Carl Gustav Jung said “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”
Practitioners wielding a variety of recognized HR management tools and techniques often say that they will contribute to the development of a positive culture. Typically, they are passionate about creating a supportive environment for employees, and operate with the best of intentions. Unfortunately, intent and reality often do not align.
This is not to say that HR best practices, which have evolved as a result of extensive performance management research and hands-on
As you grow your business, expanding staff resources becomes more and more important, to the point where the need to hire employees may outshine all of your other human resources needs. When hiring in large quantities becomes your top priority, company leadership should devise an HR plan which includes a standardized new employee checklist, in order to streamline the onboarding process.
Once you’ve begun hiring and have selected the top candidates, all new staff should be prepared to start their positions in a similar manner. When your hiring and onboarding process is consistent, employees can leverage one another’s
The business environment is more competitive than ever, and any organization that ignores complacency in the workplace is beckoning its own death. For that reason, every company should take HR time tracking seriously.
In most cases, when employees waste time it’s the company that ends up paying for it. That’s why leading managers consider an investment in employee time tracking and management software vital.
Basic employee time tracking software captures and stores the time employees spend on any given. This feature is especially important for workers who are paid hourly. Different programs have other additional features, such as
The economy is still struggling. Many organizations are trying to decide if they need to cut the number of employees on the payroll, or if they should wait the situation out.
Yet even in times of uncertainty, valuable, productive employees may be thinking about changing employers. Businesses that want to keep top talent must constantly work to retain their top talent. Forward-thinking employers keep their staff engaged, so that they can meet current and future needs, stay competitive, and respond quickly to changing market demands.
Organizations that invest in their employees are able to maintain higher levels of employee engagement,
There are plenty of things that influence corporate culture, but none is more important than keeping your employees. Culture lives in your team: if your team is constantly changing, your culture will too.
Too busy or too cheap to go out for lunch? Pull together some
ingredients and have a taco buffet in the office!
Many businesses would like to work on their employee relations, but often management and HR feel like they’re so busy that there simply isn’t time. But building good employer-employee relationships doesn’t have to be difficult or time