Another Tech Company, Twitter, Takes Steps to Impact Inclusion

We recently covered news on the appointment of Denise Young Smith as Apple’s new Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. Well, Apple isn’t the only tech giant to add and fill this role. On June 27, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced – via Twitter of course – the appointment of Candi Castleberry Singleton as its new VP of Inclusion and Diversity. Shortly thereafter, CNBC’s Courtney Connley discussed “3 Ways Twitter’s New VP of Inclusion and Diversity Could Shape the Company’s Culture.” Improve Hiring Practices from Top to Bottom Connley points out that, “According to a 2016 diversity report, Twitter is 57 percent white, 32 percent Asian, 3 percent black, 4 percent Hispanic/Latinx, and 37 pe

7 Tools to Boost Inclusion

There are a wide range of tools that leaders can use to boost inclusion in their organizations. Some have existed for some time; others have emerged through technological advances and demographic demands. Inclusive leaders can effectively leverage these tools to ensure they are capturing inputs from all areas, and all members, of their organizations. Here’s a look at some tools you can readily implement in your organization: Crowdsourcing Crowdsourcing is a term that has sprung up in the Web 2.0 age to refer to the process of actively soliciting ideas from a large group of people. Inclusive leaders can crowdsource by actively seeking input from employees, for instance, through the use of onl

Apple Takes a Big Bite of Diversity and Inclusion

Apple has been in the news recently. Not just for the introduction of the latest versions of its iPhone—iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, but for the appointment of Denise Young Smith as Apple’s new Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. But Apple isn’t the only tech giant to add and fill this role. On June 27, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced – via Twitter of course – the appointment of Candi Castleberry Singleton as its new VP of Inclusion and Diversity. Shortly thereafter, CNBC’s Courtney Connley discussed “3 Ways Twitter’s New VP of Inclusion and Diversity Could Shape the Company’s Culture.” Improve Hiring Practices from Top to Bottom Connley points out that, “According to a 2016 diversity repor

Understanding Employee Differences: Be Inclusive!

In a recent article for Harvard Business Review, Henrik Bresman and Vinika D. Rao looked at a 19-country survey to analyze the differences and similarities between Generations X, Y and Z. As a quick refresher: Generation X is generally considered to include those born before the 1980s, but after Baby Boomers; Generation Y (Millennials) are those born between the 1980s and the mid 1990s; and Generation Z is roughly defined as the cohort born after 1997. The survey looked at 18,000 professionals and students across all three generations and in 19 countries. Here are some of the interesting findings reported by Bresman and Vinika. Leadership Ambitions The survey found that Generation Z was slig

Don't Fall Into the "Skills Gap" Trap

The business media is continually reporting the unemployment rate is falling. In early August, the rate fell to around 4.3 percent. The demand for employees is high, and yet many people – particularly the long-term unemployed – are having a very hard time finding work, and some employers are finding it difficult to fill open positions – at least with the “right” people. Sarah Sipek, writing for Career Builder reports that, “According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, the old adage may just be true. Nearly 68 percent of U.S. employers who said they were increasing their number of full-time, permanent employees in the first quarter of 2017 currently have open positions they can’t fill. The pro

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