Research indicates the number of women-owned businesses has grown 114% in the past 20 years as women seek more flexibility in their careers and to get away from the discrimination and lack of work-life balance in the corporate world. But women-owned businesses often struggle with a lack of funding, which creates financial instability.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says the White House will "continue to try to diversify" its staff, although President Donald Trump has not appointed any blacks to one of his 48 senior assistant or deputy assistant roles. Omarosa Manigault Newman was the only black person to serve in a senior position in Trump's White House.
The US Labor Department has added religious belief as a defense option for federal contractors charged with anti-LGBTQ discrimination. Its Aug. 10 directive does not remove a 2014 executive order forbidding such bias, but allows auditors to grant religious exemptions under some circumstances.
Strong businesses are built on flexibility, transparency and equality, says Ann Pickering, HR Director of O2. "We need to be able to understand the needs of all our customers -- and the way to do this is to foster an inclusive atmosphere, where people can come to work and be themselves," she says.
Manage a workforce made up of multiple generations by giving young employees opportunities, appreciating the skill level of older workers and encouraging collaboration, HR leaders say. "Managers have to identify what skills and strengths each individual employee can contribute and confront their own biases so they can move their teams beyond labels," says Joe Casey, an executive coach at Retirement Wisdom.
Organizations that make the most progress incorporating diversity into their mission are those that have the full support of top leaders, says Joelle Emerson, CEO of consulting company Paradigm. In this Q&A, Emerson notes the most effective leaders are those who prioritize diversity and hold workers accountable for achieving that goal.
Team members need to know what's expected of them, with the leader communicating those asks clearly and often, write Karin Hurt and David Dye. Give people specific examples of expected behaviors, reinforcing them with reminders and acknowledgments every time they follow through correctly, they write.
Some words and phrases may seem complimentary but send a mixed message, writes Judith Humphrey. "Sensitive" can play into gender stereotypes, for instance, and "sharp as a tack" can come off as a backhanded compliment to older people, writes Humphrey, who offers four other examples.
MFHA’s 4th Diversity Regional Roundtable with Darden
Come join us for at MFHA's Regional Roundtable hosted by Darden at their Orlando headquarters on Thursday, Sept. 13, where we will first discuss the state of diversity in foodservice and then explore strategies to engage multicultural communities to drive traffic and attract talent. "Darden is proud to foster an inclusive workplace, made up of team members that are as diverse as the communities in which we operate. We look forward to hosting MFHA's regional meeting at our Restaurant Support Center, giving us an opportunity to share our insights and learn from all who attend," said Sara King, chief HR officer, Darden. Register today.