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Rooting out bullying a necessary step in promoting diversity

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:05
Employers looking to advance diversity in the workplace often focus on recruiting diverse groups of potential employees, but recruiting is just one part of the process. Those recruiting efforts won’t be effective if management is blind to a culture that condones workplace bullying.  October is a time when attention turns to bullying in a...
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Office politics: preventing disruptive discourse

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:04
by David L. Johnson Recently, a Pennsylvania YMCA stopped showing cable news shows on the TVs in its gym because they were prompting political squabbles among its members. When filtered into the diverse workplace, passionate opposing political viewpoints can harm productivity and morale and even create liability issues for employers. Sometimes...
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5 tips for accommodating depression, PTSD, and other mental illnesses

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:03
by Mark Wiletsky An estimated 16.1 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2015, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). That number represents 6.7 percent of all American adults who are 18 or older. Seven or eight out of every 100 people will have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)...
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How non-Hispanic supervisors can lead Hispanic employees

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:02
by Jim Davis Between potential language barriers, cultural differences, and a political and social landscape rife with discrimination, it’s important that any employee be able to navigate whatever challenges may arise while leading a diverse workforce. Glenn Llopis, a best-selling author, columnist, and senior advisor to Fortune 500 seeks to show...
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Employers, beware: Facility issues may result in violations of Title VII

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:00
by Jacob M. Monty Many employers are aware of the serious problems that can arise if workers and supervisors engage in racially or sexually motivated taunts and speech. However, few employers realize that they may need to worry about the design and condition of their facilities. The facilities of a now-closed Sara Lee factory in Paris reportedly...
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Employers look to ‘culture of inclusiveness’ in era of expanding LGBT rights

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 07:00
Inclusiveness, civility, respectful treatment: Those are all concepts getting a lot of attention as employers struggle to cope with what seems like an increasingly divisive culture often threatening to bleed over into the workplace.  A changing legal landscape also must be considered as employers strive for productive and nondiscriminatory...
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With HR’s help, employee network groups can improve retention

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 06:56
From the employer’s perspective, employee network groups can boost engagement and retention—or they can create divisiveness. To ensure the former, employers need to be involved from the start. By adopting a policy and welcoming network groups, businesses can encourage members to have positive effects in the workplace, according to Ray...
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When words used in a disciplinary report suggest implicit bias

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 06:54
by Barbara J. Koenig Implicit bias is an unconscious preference for or an aversion to a person or a group of people. In other words, we may have an attitude toward others or stereotype them without conscious knowledge of what we’re doing. If we act in accordance with our implicit bias, we may be discriminating against a person or a group of...
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Top 10 employer mistakes in accommodating disabled employees

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 06:52
by Matthew A. Goodin Even experienced HR professionals have a difficult time with requests for reasonable accommodation from disabled employees. This process is even trickier if the employee needs a leave of absence as an accommodation because of the intersection of different laws that govern leaves of absence. Below are some of the most common...
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Stage is set for SCOTUS to rule on Title VII and sexual orientation

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 06:50
by Ryan B. Frazier Since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, state and federal laws have been enacted to prohibit employment discrimination against individuals on the basis of their race, ethnicity, age, disability, religion, and gender. Until recently, virtually none of those antidiscrimination laws covered employment discrimination based on...
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Nobody’s perfect: Unconscious bias at work

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 12:08
by Lisa Chapman Royse Law Firm, PC Whether you work in an office or not, you should care about harassment in the workplace. It can be verbal or nonverbal, and the perpetrators often aren’t fully aware of the negative implications behind their words or actions. Whether we’re on the receiving end of the harassment or the ones making the comments,...
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Diversity and inclusion: America’s CEOs are showing the path forward

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 11:10
by David S. Fortney and H. Juanita M. Beecher We should honor—not attack—those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values. —Intel CEO Brian Krzanich upon his resignation from the American Manufacturing Council The summer of 2017 has shown that American business is committed to, and prepared to defend,...
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Firestorm over Google memo putting ‘diversity of thought’ in spotlight

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 07:00
What was meant to be an internal memo written by a male engineer at Google hit the internet in a big way in early August, igniting controversy that led to the employee’s firing and much discussion about the effectiveness of corporate diversity efforts.  The now-infamous memo raises questions on many fronts. Among them: Does it make the company...
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Violent culture, violent workplaces

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 06:57
Mark I. Schickman The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has reported an increase in work-related gun violence for each of the past 10 years. There were 417 workplace homicides in America in 2015; guns were used in 354 of them. In 2017, the epidemic continues. The workplace reflects the nation: More than 100 people were shot in Chicago...
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Program allows employers to support servicemembers

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 06:56
by Jennifer S. Frank and Danielle M. Kerr This article focuses on the National Guard’s Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve Program (ESGRP), explaining how employers can support the employment of National Guard and reserve members and how they can manage laws governing the employment of military personnel. National Guard and...
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Americans first: Preference for foreign workers can run afoul of federal laws

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 06:55
by Jacob M. Monty Making good on promises from earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has begun cracking down on what it calls discrimination against U.S. workers who are being passed over in favor of temporary foreign workers. The DOJ recently announced a settlement with Carrillo Farm Labor, LLC, a New Mexico onion farm. Following...
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Diversity and inclusion director gets a little inclusion

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 06:54
by Michelle Lee Flores The California Court of Appeal threw a solitary bone to Toyota’s director of diversity and inclusion when it reversed a trial court’s dismissal of his sexual orientation discrimination claim. The court of appeal held that the former employee had provided sufficient evidence that a senior manager’s perception...
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Food bank works toward goals of diversity and inclusion

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 06:59
Editor’s note: Many organizations want to improve diversity and inclusion, but they don’t know where to start.  The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is one such organization, and members of the organization’s in-house committee have provided this report on the first year of their program in the hope that other organizations can learn...
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Action needed to enforce workplace respect for others

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 06:58
by Dinita L. James Defiant public displays of racism and bigotry have been reported around Arizona. I haven’t witnessed such brazenness since my youth in rural North Carolina in the 1960s and early 1970s. I’m not saying that hearts and minds were changed, but the racists learned to whisper among themselves to avoid overwhelming public...
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Increase diversity by recruiting, retaining people with disabilities

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 06:57
by Stephanie Holstein Having a diverse workforce includes hiring people with disabilities, which can create a positive and inclusive work environment, be good for the bottom line, and help bring down the high unemployment rates of people with disabilities. There are a number of best practices and helpful resources to make recruiting and retaining...
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