Promoting neurodiversity | 4 ways to reshape company culture | Is your business ready to adapt to demographic and technology changes?
January 10, 2018
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Promoting neurodiversity
Unemployment and underemployment are persistent challenges for people with autism, but EY has worked to promote neurodiversity in the workforce through a pilot program that launched in 2015. Other companies can improve their representation of people with autism by reinventing the hiring process, reaching out to the community and offering opportunities to participate in a variety of roles.
Journal of Accountancy print issue (1/2018) 
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Expense management as an engagement tool
Employee expenses are 6% to 12% of the average organization’s budget. This sponsored report details how to establish and maintain employee trust, why expenses can cause unnecessary disengagement, and how to communicate clear, concise T&E guidelines.
Leadership & Trends
4 ways to reshape company culture
Leaders sometimes overlook the value of culture, but, along with strategy, it forms one of the key drivers of organizational success. This article describes several cultural styles and reviews four techniques to promote cultural transformation.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (1/3) 
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Is your business ready to adapt to demographic and technology changes?
Businesses face rapid changes in technology and demographics, and adaptation is critical for continued growth. Here are five tips to consider, starting with viewing change as an opportunity and analyzing the state of your business.
CPA Insider (1/8) 
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Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion
Looking for an insightful discussion of diversity in the workplace?
A TED Talk offers insights on the connection between innovation and diversity.
Financial Management (12/21) 
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How Airbnb made strides with diversity
After putting more emphasis on diversity, Airbnb saw an increase in underrepresented minorities holding technical positions in the company, up from 35 to 102 during the past year. As part of its efforts, Airbnb required women and minority candidates to be considered for all company positions.
CNNMoney (12/15) 
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Diversity goes beyond hiring
Besides adjusting recruitment strategies to attract more diverse groups of candidates, companies should also strive to build more inclusive corporate cultures. Being aware of unconscious bias and offering appropriate training programs can help make the most of diversity.
Smart Business online (12/28) 
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Fortune's diversity list includes large accounting firms
Deloitte, EY and PwC were among the companies that made Fortune's list of the Best Workplaces for Diversity. The list was based on anonymous feedback to survey questions from more than 440,000 employees.
Accounting Today (12/7) 
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Recruitment & Retention
How to address unconscious gender bias
Women tend to receive less credit when they speak up than men do, even when the content of their ideas is the same, according to university research. Acknowledging that this form of unconscious bias exists is critical for addressing it; providing mentoring can also help.
PayScale (12/19) 
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Policy & Regulatory
Millennials may draw on demographic power to drive diversity
Many millennials see problems with companies and the government when it comes to diversity. However, as a large and diverse population, millennials will have the power to drive change in the private and public sectors.
Forbes (12/28) 
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My firm/organization ensures that employees have the necessary skills to effectively engage the global society and clients/customers from different cultures and backgrounds.   
Results of last month's poll question
In your opinion, what is your pick of the top story of 2017?
Test your knowledge of unconscious bias  29.17%
The high cost of incivility in the workplace  20.83%
Ask these interview questions to assess emotional intelligence  12.50%
Q&A: Don't believe these millennial myths  10.42%
A game plan for communicating with millennials  6.25%
Deloitte's new approach to diversity  6.25%
The top companies for working mothers  6.25%
The best places for millennials to work  4.17%
11 things to know about Gen Z workers  2.08%
Millennial leadership might change diversity strategies  2.08%
AICPA Diversity & Inclusion News
Inclusion drives organizational success: Webcast
Learn how companies have soared by using innovation and inclusion to increase their competitive positioning. Register for the webcast "Global Diversity: Driving Innovation Through Inclusion," Jan. 17, 2018, from 10-11 a.m. ET, to hear experts share their insights, plus case studies of organizational success. 1 CPE credit.
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Apply for the 2018 AICPA Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop (ASLW) today
The AICPA Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop (ASLW) is an annual invitational program for minority accounting students who plan to pursue the CPA designation. This event aims to strengthen students' professional skills and understanding of the limitless possibilities and benefits of earning the CPA credential. The AICPA Foundation covers the cost of student attendees' transportation to/from the workshop location, hotel accommodations, training experience and meals. The event will take place at the JW Marriott Buckhead in Atlanta from May 14-16, 2018. It has been known as an amazing experience, and we hope you will apply and spread the word! Apply.
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