Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Female stars call on BBC to ‘act now’ to end gender pay row - CIPD

by Hayley Kirton  
Originally published: July 24, 2017
Publisher: CIPD.co.uk

HR professionals urged to keep an eye on their organisation’s pay differentials or ‘face backlash’

A group of female BBC staff, including some of the broadcaster’s most recognisable stars, have called on the organisation to “act now” to fix gender pay discrepancies.

In an open letter published over the weekend, more than 40 women, including broadcasters Clare Balding, Victoria Derbyshire and Fiona Bruce, told director general Lord Tony Hall they would be willing to meet with him to “discuss [the] ways in which you can correct this disparity so that future generations of women do not face this kind of discrimination”.

Although Hall had already pledged to close the organisation’s gender pay gap by 2020, the women said the BBC must have “known about the pay disparity for years” and have called for more immediate action.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Op-Ed: Here’s why you shouldn’t be worried about Generation Z joining the workforce - CNBC

by Linda Ronnie 
Originally published: July 21, 2017
Publisher: CNBCAfrica.com 

In the next year or two, the workplace faces an unprecedented situation where for the first time, due to the fact that we’re all living longer, five generations may be working side by side: Veterans (pre-World War II); the Baby Boomers (World War II – 1960s); Generation X (mid-60s – late 1970s); Millennials (aka Generation Y) (1979 – 1991); and last, but not least, the largely unknown factor: Generation Z, born after 1992.

It’s estimated that there are more than 2 billion of Gen Z worldwide. In South Africa, a third of the population is under the age of 21.

It may be too soon to be definitive about the characteristics of this generation, but they are said to be realistic, cause and value driven, entrepreneurial, financially prudent, and have boundless curiosity.

Workplace Harassment 101 - JD SUPRA

by Daniel Deacon
Originally published: July 21, 2017
Publisher: JDSupra.com 

One lesson companies of all sizes can learn from the sexual harassment claims that Uber is facing is that an employer needs to set clear restrictions on harassment and make a conscious effort to hold employees accountable to those workplace standards.  In particular, sexual harassment has been a significant issue in the workplace since men and women began working alongside each other.  However, it wasn’t until 1964, when Congress passed Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, that discrimination and harassment in the workplace was explicitly prohibited at the federal level.  Since then, several more anti-discrimination laws at both the state and federal level have been passed and countless judicial opinions denouncing unrestrained work culture and impermissible acts have been published.  So why is this still a hot button issue in the workplace over 50 years later?

Some may be of the opinion one complaint of workplace harassment is not a big deal because it is not reflective of the entire workforce or the values of the company generally.  While this may be true in some cases, it is important to investigate any such complaints because the root of the problem may be broader, such as poor workplace culture, weak management, and/or ineffective workplace policies restricting harassing behavior.  The recent high-profile cases that have surfaced within just this last year – Uber and Fox News to name a few – serve as a reminder an employer’s workplace culture and actions in addressing complaints of workplace harassment can have a significant impact on employee perception and behavior, and reduce the potential for costly and damaging lawsuits.

Transgender Albertans say they're facing longer wait times for hormone replacement therapy - CBC

by Emily Rendell-Watson
Originally published: July 20, 2017
Publisher: CBC.ca

When Valerie Keefe started hormone replacement therapy seven years ago, it took her close to a year to get the medication and move forward.

Today, she says it can take far longer to see a doctor for referrals and hormone medication.

"It's vulnerable people in a position of crisis while they are being forced to wait to prove that they are 'trans enough' to doctors that barely see them at all," said Keefe.

"Once you get your endocrinology sorted, and when you give the brain that something, it no longer feels that extreme stress."

Cross-cultural training courses market growing at 14.57% CAGR by 2021 according to new research report - WHAT TECH

Originally published:  July 20, 2017
Publisher: WhatTech.com 

The global Cross-Cultural Training Courses industry to grow at a CAGR of 14.57% during the period 2017-2021.

The following companies as the key players in the global cross-cultural training market: Babel Language and Cross Cultural Training, Global Integration, GROVEWELL, Commisceo Global, and London School of International Communication. 

Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: RW3, Dwellworks, Culturesmartconsulting.com, Cultural Savvy, Cross-Cultural Consulting & Training , Creative Culture International, Bridges To Japan, APERIAN GLOBAL, Communicaid, Intercultural Communication, and PRISM International.

These female engineers increased their job offers by 47% in only 2 hours - THE LADDERS

by Heidi Moore 
Originally published: July 20, 2017
Publisher: TheLadders.com 

There’s new science-backed evidence that diversity training workshops work. For a paper set to be published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, researchers decided to test their experimental “prejudice habit-breaking intervention” at STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) departments where women are historically underrepresented. Women are almost half of the U.S. workforce, but they’re 39% of chemists, 28% of environmental scientists, and 12% of civil engineers. In fact, 40% of women engineers quit the field or will never use their degree.

But researcher Susan G. Devine and her colleagues found that an intervention designed to break gender biases could make a difference. They split up 98 UW-Madison STEM departments into those who would receive a two-and-a-half hour gender bias-breaking workshop and a control group. Prior research into these type of interventions found that it would increase awareness of gender bias and foster a sense of belonging for the women who took it. But the researchers wanted to go one step further and the measure the structural impact of diversity training. They measured the increase in women hires in STEM departments that got the training.

International students a boon for Fanshawe College's bottom line - CBC

by  Kate Dubinski
Originally published: July 21, 2017
Publisher: CBC.ca

International students will make up about a quarter of those studying at Fanshawe College this fall, and a school official says without that cash domestic students would suffer.

At Fanshawe, international students pay $13,000 for tuition, more than four times that of Canadian students. 

"We have had no choice but to look for alternative revenue streams in order to stay relevant and contemporary for our domestic audience," Curtis said. 

Two years ago internationals made up 12 per cent of Fanshawe's student population.