Thursday, March 30, 2017

Companies Supporting Diversity - PEOPLE

by Hilary Shenfeld
Originally published: March 29, 2017

Can a company do well and do good? The 50 firms on PEOPLE’s first annual Companies That Care list do just that. In partnership with the research firm Great Place to Work, we surveyed workers at nearly 1,000 companies across the U.S. With charitable giving, community outreach and some very creative perks, these firms prove you can make a profit and make the world a better place.

The following is a list of 8 companies supporting diversity.

Tech is overwhelmingly white and male, and white men are just fine with that - QUARTZ

by Keith Collins 
Originally published: March 29, 2017

Women make up about half of the workforce in the United States, but they only hold a quarter of computer- and math-related jobs. Black and Hispanic workers hold only 15% of those jobs, even though their share of the American workforce is nearly double that. And new survey data suggests that as far as the tech industry is concerned, those breakdowns are just fine.

The industry’s attitude toward diversity was made plain in this year’s global survey of developers conducted by Stack Overflow, the popular question-and-answer website for programmers. The website polled 11,445 respondents in the US, 85.5% of whom were men, and a majority of whom were white. When asked how important the overall diversity of a company is when determining whether they want to work there, respondents scored the issue, on average, 1.9 out of 5, making it their least important consideration.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Salesforce EVP Who Got Coworkers Equal Pay Wants You To Know This About Leadership - FORBES

by Leyla Seka
Originally published: March 28, 2017

International Women’s Day may be behind us, but the theme, #BeBoldforChange, has stuck with me. It got me thinking that it’s the perfect directive for women’s leadership in the workplace. When leaders are loud, fearless and bold, they can make a real impact on their environment. Personally, I’m known for shaking things up, being ‘bossy,’ making noise — and I love it. I embrace these adjectives because they are exactly what has allowed me to be effective in my career and create high-performing teams.

Equality begins when employees are empowered to use their voices to create change, and it takes active leadership to get there. So how can women business leaders use their platforms to create a culture of action and promote equality for all within their workplaces? There are three key things every woman must do:

Stand up for what you believe in.

When I graduated college, my father wanted me to go to law school.

Financial services need to ‘walk the diversity talk’ - THE C SUITE

by PWC
Originally published: March 28, 2017

Despite an increased focus on diversity in recruitment, progress for the Financial Services (FS) industry has been slow, with only around a third of FS organisations seeing a rise in female applicants as a result of their specific diverse recruitment practices.

These are some of the findings of a new PwC report, Gaining an edge in the competition for talent: Inclusive recruitment in financial services survey 2017. The report is based on a survey of 276 employees working for various organisations across the FS industry, and employer representatives from 55 different FS organisations.

The report finds that 91% percent of FS employers have established a diversity & inclusion strategy, putting them ahead of the average for all sectors (81%). And over three-quarters (76%) have aligned their recruitment and selection strategy with their diversity and inclusion strategy. At the same time, more than three quarters of FS employers (76%) are actively trying to attract women – significantly more than the average percentage for all sectors – and over half (51%) are seeking to attract more people from other underrepresented groups. 

What hampered Uber’s diversity recruiting? - HUMAN CAPITAL MAGAZINE

Originally published:  March 28, 2017

Efforts to hire more women and people of colour at Uber have been long hindered by a peculiar constraint. Members of the recruiting team were denied access to information about the company’s diversity makeup, according to several people familiar with Uber’s hiring apparatus.

The recruiting arm assigns some members to focus on hiring diverse candidates, an initiative that has received enthusiastic endorsements from Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. But the team found it difficult to do its job without demographic data, which is a common way to identify a company’s weaknesses and set hiring targets, the people said. Like many of its Silicon Valley cohorts, Uber is an obsessively data-driven company, where recruiters log every interaction with candidates and scour their social media profiles. The diversity data limitation was especially vexing because other technology companies of its size release annual diversity reports to the public.

Helping Hamilton youth find jobs - HAMILTON NEWS

by Mark Newman 
Originally published: March 28, 2017

If you have a problem with your iPad or other Apple device and call the helpline, there's a good chance you will be speaking to Tamara Paris.

She works at the Concentrix call centre at Jackson Square, where she’s an iOS senior advisor who has been trained on Apple products.

“That’s a fancy way of saying if you have a broken (iPhone) or your whole (Apple) computer (went down), you call me,” said the 29-year-old central Mountain resident. “I’ve always been good with computer-techie stuff.”

A couple of years ago, Paris never dreamed she would be a techie and working in a full-time job with benefits that she liked and that would give her a couple of promotions. She thought her future was in hairstyling, facials and manicures.

Diversity key to handling changing business landscape - PRIME MOVER

Originally published: March 28, 2017

As mega-trends like globalisation, urbanisation and digitisation descend upon Australia, the very concept of commercial road transport is put to the test – and only a diverse workforce will be able to cushion the shock, according to Logical Executive Solutions’ Caroline Taylor.

As part of the magazine’s upcoming diversity special*, Prime Mover consulted the experienced executive recruiter to find out just how well diversity is addressed in the Australian commercial road transport industry.

Q: What are the advantages of diversity in the workplace?

A: Being aware of diversity in the workplace is important to bring different ways of thinking to the fold. Without including people from different backgrounds – and that does not just apply to gender or culture – you will end up with a group of people who all think and act the same. What’s important is to not approach diversity like some sort of business project – it should become part of a company’s default state.