Creating harmony in a cross-generational workforce | Gender bias shows up in the words evaluators use | CEOs see value in flexible work arrangements
June 13, 2018
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Creating harmony in a cross-generational workforce
Members of different generations may bring their own perspectives and expectations to the workplace, which can be a source of tension as well as strength. Practicing empathy and seeking out mentors can help employees to understand one another.
U.S. News & World Report (5/23) 
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Gender bias shows up in the words evaluators use
An analysis of military performance evaluations reveals that men and women are often described in different terms. Despite an increase in diversity and inclusion efforts, the research shows that evaluators tend to use more negative words to describe women.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (5/25) 
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CEOs see value in flexible work arrangements
Top executives say that providing flexible work arrangements such as telecommuting improves recruitment efforts, but research suggests that some employees worry that taking advantage of such offers may hamper their career advancement.
Society for Human Resource Management online (tiered subscription model) (6/1) 
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How black female execs address "intersectional invisibility"
Black female executives, who are part of two demographic groups that are often underrepresented at the highest levels of company leadership, grapple with the concept of "intersectional invisibility." Interviews with executives show that many address the challenge by taking on "visible, high-risk roles."
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (5/10) 
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Advice for overcoming decision biases
CEOs can avoid biases and make better decisions by gathering input from staff representing diverse perspectives, says Richard Thaler, author and Nobel winner in economics. Leaders can avoid hindsight bias and learn more from a project that failed if all the circumstances and input that occurred at its start are recorded.
McKinsey (5/2018) 
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Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion
Use inclusion to make your firm stronger
People perform better when they feel valued, so building inclusive cultures is critical to helping everyone reach their potential. It's possible to address unconscious bias by practicing mindfulness, connecting with diverse groups of people and identifying the "noise" that may affect your decisions.
CPA Insider (6/4) 
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How to improve diversity in the tax profession
Tax organizations are increasingly recognizing diversity and inclusion as essential parts of the working environment. Firms can expand the candidate pool by reaching out to students and helping them understand the career opportunities that are available to them.
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (5/25) 
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Recruitment & Retention
PwC bars all-male shortlists for UK jobs
PwC is looking to diversify its senior ranks in the UK by banning all-male shortlists for jobs. The organization is also planning to eliminate all-male interview panels and assess the process used to select employees for "career defining roles."
BBC (6/4) 
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Companies use flexible schedules to retain older workers
Some companies are striving to retain talented employees by offering older workers flexible working arrangements, such as part-time schedules and phased retirements. Last year, about 25% of employees worked for companies that allowed flexible working arrangements, an increase from 19% in 2015, according to the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies.
USA Today (5/22) 
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Asian-Americans often overlooked for management positions
Asian-Americans are less likely than members of other demographic groups to be promoted into management positions in white-collar professions, according to an analysis of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission data. Similar issues can be seen across multiple fields, including the tech industry and the legal profession.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (5/31) 
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Results of last month's poll question
Tell us about your company's mentoring program for employees.
We don't have a mentoring program that I'm aware of  57.32%
We have a robust mentoring program open to all employees  18.29%
We have a formal mentoring program but for select employees  12.20%
We have informal mentoring; employees must find their own mentor  12.19%
AICPA Diversity & Inclusion News
Forging Your Path: Women in Accounting webinar
Join us for an inspiring discussion with four incredible women in the accounting profession who have forged their own paths to success. You will get insights from accounting women working in consulting, public accounting and industry about what life may throw your way and how to leverage those events into personal and professional success! Date: July 24, 2018 | Time: 1-2 p.m. ET | Register here.
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Introducing the Inclusion Champions program
Announcing the Inclusion Champions, a new AICPA Diversity and Inclusion program. Inclusion Champions represent a cohort of CPAs across the country that help foster discussions on diversity and inclusion in the profession. They create awareness of diversity and inclusion tools (D&I) and inspire actions that make D&I a part of the everyday experience. Request an Inclusion Champion to speak at your event.
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7th Annual AICPA Women's Global Leadership Summit
Mark your calendars now! You don't want to miss the 7th Annual AICPA Women's Global Leadership Summit. It will be held Nov. 14-16, 2018, in New York City. Attend on-site or online. Find out more.
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