Microsoft has made progress in gender equity on pay but has a legacy culture of a male-dominated workforce fueled by internal competition and a slow response to concerns about diversity, according to interviews and documents. "Microsoft has kind of a traditional culture of being very comfortable with bullying and loud voices," says Barbara Gordon, a former Microsoft executive.
PepsiCo retains employees by offering educational, volunteering and leadership programs, says Shiona Watson, senior HR director at PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand. "The health and safety of our people is our top priority -- we are committed to providing the systems, training and coaching necessary for employees to carry out their work safely and with due regard to the environment," she says.
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A cross-functional team is necessary for any digital business strategy, writes Dave Ulrich, director of the University of Michigan's Human Resource Executive Program. "By asking the questions about vision, goals, actions and follow up, an HR professional can work with the digital business team to prepare a plan that gives a company confidence in achieving their digital business outcomes," he writes.
To ensure artificial intelligence is used as intended, HR should understand how the technology learns and adapts, monitor its performance for bias and ensure data privacy internally and with vendors, says Daneal Charney of MaRS Discovery District.
To find talent for organization effectiveness positions, expand your search to fields such as finance and engineering or consider contracting out such services, writes Reed Deshler, principal at AlignOrg Solutions. "Another solution to consider is a hybrid delivery model, in which an organization uses a mix of full time internal OE staff and scalable external support," Deshler writes.
Executives put off difficult decisions because they're afraid to make a mistake, don't want to be perceived as being unfair or fear the possible emotional toll on employees, writes Ron Carucci, managing partner at Navalent. "As an executive, you should model taking calculated risks and learning from mistakes," Carucci writes.
The idea of "meaning" at work can be thought of as purpose that extends beyond the work itself, and it may be the most important part of employee engagement, writes David Long of DecisionWise. Teaching and instilling meaning is a learned skill, so managers can be trained in the task, he writes.
Behavioral economist Sarah Newcomb says financial wellness is important but how people access it, and not being shamed for doing so, also are important. Newcomb says context can be a problem in financial wellness programs when people who have always had money, security and privilege are offering financial advice to those who have never had it.