13 ways company leaders can make the workplace more inclusive | Companies adopt employee volunteerism benefits | Why it's time to embrace videoconferencing
July 10, 2018
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13 ways company leaders can make the workplace more inclusive
Leaders should be proactive when it comes to diversity, encouraging dialogue and ongoing education about overcoming bias, experts say. Company executives should lead by example and make inclusion part of the company culture.
Forbes (6/28) 
Companies adopt employee volunteerism benefits
Corporate volunteering programs can be a recruitment and retention tool and data show more companies are offering the benefit, which can be part of a broad definition of wellness that includes social well-being. Deloitte's "Annual Impact Day" included about half of the company's 50,000 US employees last year, and its recent survey showed volunteer activities were more likely than a company-sponsored happy hour to increase corporate morale.
Employee Benefit News (free registration) (6/27) 
Communications and Marketing
Why it's time to embrace videoconferencing
Videoconferencing is preferable to email or traditional phone for group communication, yet many offices still rely on conference calls for meetings, consultant Scott Edinger writes. "The phrase 'phoning it in' exists because people can sit back, be less engaged, and less focused on a phone call," he writes.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (6/29) 
LinkedIn platform aims to offer competitive job data
LinkedIn's Talent Insights platform, due to be released around the end of September, will make it easier for recruiters to get data about jobs at other companies. "We think by packaging it up nicely, it levels the playing field," says Eric Owski, Talent Insights' head of product.
TechTarget (free registration) (6/25) 
Technology Spotlight
Researchers develop robots to help people with Alzheimer's, dementia
Researchers are looking at ways robots could help people with Alzheimer's disease manage their daily tasks or deal with loneliness and isolation. The MARIO robot is designed to be a companion to people with dementia and help them stay connected to family and friends.
HealthDay News (6/28) 
Sailing robots check up on West Coast fish
Bright-orange aquatic drones are afloat along the Pacific Coast this summer, collecting data on fish populations quietly and without human intervention. Information produced by the robotic vessels, deployed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a contractor, will be used to help determine future fishing seasons.
KUOW-FM (Seattle) (6/27) 
Career Focus
Girls outrank boys in STEM school's graduating class
Girls hold the top 18 spots in the graduating class rankings for a New Jersey high school that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. The school has no special programs for girls, and last year's top five spots were held by four boys and a girl, said principal Dante Petretti, who noted a stable ratio of girls and boys in the school.
Paterson Press (N.J.) (6/26) 
Teachers learn real-world STEM lessons in Ohio
Some teachers took part in workshops and tours at the Oregon Clean Energy Center in Oregon, Ohio, to learn about science, technology, engineering and math careers in the region. The hands-on workshops offered ideas for teachers to link classroom lessons with students' future career opportunities.
WTOL-TV (Toledo, Ohio) (6/29) 
Global Watch
Hybrid embryos may help bring back northern white rhino subspecies
Embryos created from northern white rhino sperm and southern white rhino eggs may help save the nearly extinct northern white rhino, a study published in Nature Communications suggests. Researchers hope to implant the hybrid embryos into female southern white rhinos in an effort to bring back the northern white rhino following the death of the last male of the subspecies earlier this year.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (7/4) 
Equivalence principle tested on white dwarfs, pulsar
Researchers have tested the equivalence principle on a pair of white dwarfs and a pulsar, showing that Einstein's theory of general relativity still holds up. "Now, anyone with an alternative theory of gravity has an even narrower range of possibilities that their theory has to fit into in order to match what we have seen," said Nina Gusinskaia, co-author of the study published in Nature.
Space (7/4) 
Progress is man's indifference to the lessons of history.
Len Deighton,
historian and writer
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