Month: April 2020

4 WAYS HR ANALYTICS CAN IMPROVE WORKPLACE DIVERSITY

The U.S. has always been known as a melting pot; diversity is its strong suit. However, when it comes to corporate America, diversity has historically been lacking. Although 92 percent of U.S. population growth is attributed to ethnic groups and 36 percent of the workforce is comprised of people of color, only 21 minorities (that’s right—21, […]

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3 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR THE RETIREMENT BOOM

The United States workforce is being shaken up. Within the next decade, as key office demographics change, corporate America will look and function very differently than it does today. Last month, I explored how women are leaving the corporate world and starting their own businesses — finding more career opportunity and fulfillment […]

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3 WAYS TO WORK EFFECTIVELY WITH FREELANCERS

The U.S. freelance workforce is currently 53 million strong and growing fast, according to a recent report from the Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk. In fact, freelancers make up 34 percent of our national workforce. As Sara Horowitz, executive director of the Freelancers Union, writes, “This is an economic shift on par with the […]

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USE ‘THE INTERRUPTION STRATEGY’ TO TACKLE THE DIVERSITY GAP

When looking at the statistics presented by some of the most innovative companies in the world, the picture is painfully clear. Google reports that 3 percent of its employees are Hispanic and just 2 percent are black (compared to 17.4 percent Hispanic and 13.2 percent black in the general population). Apple’s employees are 55 percent white […]

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WANT ENGAGED EMPLOYEES? YOU NEED VALUES FIRST

Employee engagement may be the latest HR buzzword, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it as a fad. With only 13 percent of employees engaged at work around the world, the majority of employers have a lot of room to improve — and positively impact the bottom line while they’re at […]

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6 STEPS TO DEFINING YOUR ORGANIZATIONAL VALUES

Organizational culture can be seen as a “personality” created by the organization’s values, attitudes and behaviors. This “personality” attracts and keeps great talent, creates a positive public image and helps build long-lasting relationships with stakeholders, vendors and customers. But a good organizational culture doesn’t spring up out of serendipity. It […]

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IS UNCONSCIOUS BIAS SNEAKING INTO YOUR WORKPLACE?

“Okay you guys; it’s time to get down to work,” Jordan says to her team. “Man, this is really going to be a challenge,” Luke replies, exasperated. “Oh brother, here we go, another late night at the office,” Sarah sighs loudly. This conversation seems like a typical team exchange about […]

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5 TIPS FOR MANAGING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS AT WORK

Bias—a tendency to believe that some people and ideas are better than others—wreaks havoc in the workplace. It keeps women and people of color out of the boardroom, limits job opportunities, prevents organizations from the true monetary and cultural benefits of a diverse workforce, makes it difficult for Baby Boomers […]

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WILLIAM TINCUP: 7 STEPS TO DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL BRAND

HR leaders spend a lot of time thinking about how to support and enrich other people’s careers. But it’s also important to turn the lens on ourselves, making sure we’re fully present and fulfilled at work. To wit, we asked William Tincup, principal analyst at Key Interval Research, for his advice on […]

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HOW I MOVED FROM HOSTESS TO HIRING LEADER

I took my first job out of high school because of tiramisu. Yes—the dessert. It all started with those decadent layers of vanilla cream, espresso soaked cake and rich chocolate shavings. Let me explain. When I was in school and determining where to apply for a job while in college, […]

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Vermont Eighth Graders Rank High Globally in Math, Science

A recent U.S. study shows that eighth graders in three states, including Vermont, outperformed most students across the world in math and science. Vermont eighth graders placed fourth globally in science when ranked against the 49 states and 47 countries and jurisdictions. Only Singapore, Massachusetts and Taiwan ranked ahead of […]

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