If your small business is interested in starting diversity initiatives similar to larger corporations, but you don’t know where to start, take note. Here’s the simple sauce: the best general practices as it relates to employee professional development that currently exist in many organizations dovetails nicely with strategies for professional development of diverse staff. You […]
Is Banning Dreadlocks at Work Racial Discrimination? A Federal Court Says No
A federal court dismissed a claim of racial discrimination filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a job candidate who was not hired by a company because of her dreadlocks. The candidate was offered a job by Catastrophe Management Solutions (CMS) on the condition that she cut her dreadlocks. The candidate […]
Diversity and Inclusion – Can You Have One Without the Other?
I recently had a conversation with a business woman that I met at a work related event. The dialogue started with the familiar exchange of “What do you do?” One of the many things that I “do” involves diversity work for a large organization. My new acquaintance chimed in that at her organization, a well […]
Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices – Simple Strategies To Take Your Business To The Next Level
Organizations extol that their workplaces are diverse and inclusive, but what does that really mean? Is your workplace diverse and inclusive because there are people from different backgrounds in the company? Not necessarily. Diversity and inclusion means so much more than the numbers of employees on the payroll from different backgrounds. Employers that truly understand […]
Diversity in the Workplace: Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices
Diversity is about more than quotas. It strengthens the heart of an organization–producing fresh perspectives, opening new markets and solidifying connections with the surrounding community.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Disabled Job Candidate
Many employers are uncomfortable with considering physically disabled candidates for job openings. It’s the one form of hiring discrimination that seems to be the hardest to overcome. I once heard someone liken being disabled with being an invisible minority.
Diversity in the Workplace: Benefits, Challenges and Solutions
Workplace diversity refers to the variety of differences between people in an organization. That sounds simple, but diversity encompasses race, gender, ethnic group, age, personality, cognitive style, tenure, organizational function, education, background and more.