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, […]

Equal Opportunity Hiring is a Valuable Opportunity for Employers

You have probably noticed that some job postings include a statement at the bottom indicating that the organization is an “Equal Opportunity Employer.” What you might not realize is that the organizations that make such statements are just as likely to discriminate in the hiring process, sometimes even more so! While employers increasingly endorse values of fairness and equal opportunity, discrimination remains persistent and may even be increasing. Compared to the previous decade (2000-2009) cases of discrimination in recent years have actually increased by about 12%. During 2013 alone, The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) obtained over $372 million to compensate […]

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