Why Diversity Messaging Matters

Diversity can be a very valuable thing. Organizations with more diverse employees tend to be more successful. They hold greater market share. They have more customers, more sales, and higher profits.   Executives realize this. 95% believe that a more diverse workforce will make their company more innovative 84% say that problems with diversity lead to employee turnover 72% are consciously focused on creating a culture of diversity and inclusion   But what impact do different diversity programs actually have? Should we focus on how everyone is equal? Should we acknowledge and celebrate differences? New research shows us how the […]

How to Bridge the “Generation Gap” at Work

What happens as the next generation enters the workforce? It could be a good thing. Younger workers can bring fresh perspectives, new ideas, and complimentary skillsets. Or it could be bad. Older and younger workers can have very different values and work styles, which can create conflict or undermine cooperation.   Both can happen, so the question isn’t which one is true. The real question is why. New research provides us with an important answer.   What is a “Generation Gap?” The great insight from this new research is how we define it in the first place. Let’s visualize. Imagine […]

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4 New Developments in Protections for LGBT Workers

Laws and policies about sexual orientation are changing. It’s been in the news and all over the Internet lately. The recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage received a tremendous amount of attention, as have questions about businesses’ rights to refuse service based on religious beliefs.   What about employment law? Here are 4 new developments that you should know.   1. EEOC decision on Title VII The American Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII prohibits employers from discriminating based on a person’s sex or gender. It contains no specific language about sexual orientation, per se. The US Equal Employment […]

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5 Ways Accurate Hiring Algorithms Increase Diversity

Can a machine make better hiring decisions than a person? A recent large-scale analysis comparing expert judgments to computerized algorithms found that hiring algorithms beat the experts by a wide margin. Overall, algorithms improved accuracy in predicting job performance by more than 50%.   Perhaps even more important is the issue of fairness. Hiring algorithms are not only more accurate, but also tend to increase the diversity of people selected. Hiring based on intuition seems to overlook high-potential candidates from underrepresented groups. This seems to make sense, given evidence that organizations with greater racial and gender diversity are also more […]

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How a Person’s Name Biases Our Perceptions

The satirical newspaper The Onion often derives its great sense of humor from presenting seemingly absurd scenarios that are actually grounded within very real phenomena. One of their classic articles from almost 20 years ago, ranked here as one of the top 10 stories on their 25th anniversary, focuses on the way that we perceive people based simply upon their name. Clinton Deploys Vowels to Bosnia Cities of Sjlbvdnzv, Grzny to Be First Recipients Before an emergency joint session of Congress yesterday, President Clinton announced US plans to deploy over 75,000 vowels to the war-torn region of Bosnia. The deployment, […]