How to eliminate unconscious bias in hiring decisions | The power of mentoring for women | Millennials are driving corporate change with their work preferences
July 12, 2017
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How to eliminate unconscious bias in hiring decisions
Unconscious bias may be affecting companies' hiring processes. Experts recommend seven steps to address the issue, including revising job descriptions and creating standardized interview procedures.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (6/12) 
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Leadership & Trends
The power of mentoring for women
While empowering women in the workforce works best for everyone, gaps appear between women entering a job and moving to a senior position. Mentoring makes that path smoother and easier.
Forbes (6/24) 
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Millennials are driving corporate change with their work preferences
As millennials approach being half of the current workforce, organizations need to address their preferences to stay competitive. Research shows the new workforce's members value positive culture and commitment to diversity, as well as corporate social responsibility, when they decide whether to invest their time with an organization.
Forbes (6/20) 
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Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion
150 US execs sign on to diversity initiative
One hundred fifty US executives have committed to engaging their workforces in conversations about race, gender and other sensitive topics as part of an initiative called CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion. PwC's Tim Ryan serves as chairman of the alliance and has enlisted other executives to join the initiative.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (6/12) 
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Google hires new diversity boss the same day a lackluster report is released
Google released a lackluster report on its diversity efforts in June on the same day it hired a new vice president of diversity. Showing small gains in limited areas, women only comprise 31% of the Google workforce.
Inc. online (6/30),  USA Today (6/29) 
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Recruitment & Retention
The best places for millennials to work
Fortune's list of the 100 best workplaces for millennials includes representation from the public accounting and consulting fields. Keys to recruiting and retaining millennials include helping them understand the value of their contributions and giving them chances to learn and develop, experts say.
Fortune (6/27) 
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Why millennials view diversity apart from inclusion
Diversity and inclusion can mean different things to each generation. Millennials are redefining both topics to mean separate things, bringing changes to the workplace.
Forbes (6/16) 
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Workplace age-bias concerns grow
Many people are concerned about age-based employment discrimination as companies continue to place ads looking for "digital natives" -- people who grew up with technology. At least one organization representing older Americans has asked the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to ban questions about an applicant's date of birth or graduation date.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (6/26) 
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Analysis: How to make effective diversity programs
Diversity programs can struggle to gain buy-in, sustain their effect or help the intended audiences, according to this analysis. While more than 90% of companies have some type of gender-diversity program in place, research indicates that only one in four women feel that they have personally benefited from such programs.
The Boston Consulting Group (6/21) 
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8 ways to retain women after maternity leave
Employers who want to retain female employees after maternity leave should consider these eight strategies. They begin with a generous maternity-leave policy.
Forbes (6/18) 
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How a law firm scores a touchdown with the Rooney diversity rule
Dan Rooney was known for shaking up NFL hiring practices, and at least one law firm requires leaders to review a diverse lineup of candidates for each position. A year later, the firm's diversity has improved under the "Rooney Rule."
Bloomberg Law (6/28) 
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My organization has goals that are specific to increasing the number of women and underrepresented minorities in our workforce.   
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Results of last month's poll question
Does your organization have policies, practices or programs to support the attraction, recruitment and retention of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) employees?
No  59.50%
Yes  28.93%
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AICPA Diversity & Inclusion News
Register for upcoming webcast
Register for the webcast "How to grow your practice in a changing environment: technology and generational impact," scheduled Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET. Learn how to maximize the opportunities provided by diversity and inclusion and the role technology plays in defining new rules of engagement in the global society. Register.
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AICPA Global Diversity Webcast Series -- Fall 2017
Tune in to the AICPA's Global Diversity Webcast Series this fall, which will provide participants with practical knowledge and skills for navigating the complexity of the ever-changing, dynamic, globally diverse marketplace. The three-part series consists of three webcasts: 1) "How to grow your practice in a changing environment: technology and generational impact"; 2) "Developing your global mindset"; and 3) "Global diversity: Driving innovation through inclusion." Register today.
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