First #FOT Saturday Post: Why is Pregnancy Discrimination Still Happening?

Jason Pankow Bad HR, Candidate Pool, Diversity, HR, Jason Pankow, Recruiting

We all hate discrimination, right?  We all know that we can’t discriminate against people because of their race or ethnicity.  We can’t discriminate against women. We can’t discriminate based on a person’s religion or age.  And, in many locales, we can’t discriminate based on sexual orientation (hopefully, one day I can say all locales).  Discrimination is Bad and we hate …

Bamboo Ceilings and Tiger Kids…

Jessica Lee Dawn Hrdlica, Diversity, Jessica Lee, Leadership

In many ways, the story of my upbringing is the same as many other second generation immigrants. Think Joy Luck Club. That was pretty much my childhood and the story of my parents and grandparents. Yep. Hyper-competitive mom and pop who gave up everything to come to the US with little to nothing and then worked themselves to the bone …

There’s No Such Thing As Black People Music…

William Tincup Diversity, Good HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, William Tincup

Turns out… we’re all riddled with biases. Newsflash! While we secretly wish that wasn’t the case and/or that we were somehow above it, we’re not. And for the cynics amongst us, allow me a moment to prove it to you. Imagine a scenario for me… you’re interviewing candidates for a critical role within your organization. During polite conversation the candidate …

Have a Coke and a Smile and Quit? Recruitment and Diversity Efforts May Lose it’s Fizz….

Dawn Burke College Recruiting, Dawn Hrdlica, Diversity, Recruiting

I’d like to teach the world to hire… in perfect harmony… I am a suck up. And Coca-Cola… I love Coke Zero so much that I want to kiss you on the mouth. So in checking out your University Talent Program highlighted in Workforce Management’s article “Coca-Cola Division Refreshes Its Talent With Diversity Push on Campus”, I’m pulling for you. …

History Is Full of Values-Based Hiring Initiatives… And Not All of Them Worked…

Tim Sackett Diversity, Interviewing, Tim Sackett

Over at Workforce.com, Jennifer Salopek has an interesting article: “Values-Based Hiring – Assessing Candidates to Ensure Better Cultural Fit” that dives into the concept of companies going beyond competencies in selecting talent for their organization. It’s not a new concept, since the beginning of time, people have been hiring based on personal filters, of which most are personal value sets, when …

Diversity Recruiting Lessons… from Broadway?

Jessica Lee Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Diversity, Good HR, Jessica Lee

I recently came across an interesting article about Broadway’s efforts to woo black audiences to the theater, and there was so much about how they were going about their recruiting efforts that just seemed so right and so in line with my philosophies on how best to approach diversity initiatives in the workplace. For background, overall attendance at Broadway shows …

Looking for Diversity? Look for a Difference of Opinion Not Value.

Paul Hebert Culture, Diversity, Innovation, Paul Hebert

Today’s market place moves quickly.  Almost too quickly.  Making a living, making a profit requires individuals and companies to think fast and adjust course with cheetah-like speed.  Innovation is the “new normal.”  (I just needed to throw in the newest overused phrase to feel like a business hipster.) Innovation is a function of diversity.  Innovation almost always comes from an amalgam of …

We Don’t Need No Stinking Diversity Training

franmelmed Diversity, Fran Melmed

It needs to be said: diversity training is futile. Adrift from the workday world, diversity training creates manufactured situations where people lie through their teeth, stay aggressively uninvolved, or—sensing a safe zone—share their story or biases and create a personal vulnerability that’s later left unsupported when they return to office. Who do we think we’re kidding that we can eliminate …