Hiring staff from a variety of backgrounds is key, but more action is required to build a truly inclusive company. Businesses exist along a "diversity continuum," and the most advanced recognize that diversity is associated with improved ways of working.
Promoting diversity requires a dedicated, ongoing effort that extends beyond sending out an occasional memo. Consider collaborating with other organizations to learn best practices and attending student conferences to boost recruitment.
Managers might need to help younger employees build fundamental skills that give them a successful career. Five tips for connecting with younger workers include communicating clearly and encouraging them to experiment.
One-fifth of the world's population celebrates Chinese New Year, where families come together to share their successes and look to the year ahead. Learn more about the traditions of the holiday some of your colleagues and clients may be celebrating.
Delta Air Lines will conduct diversity training for flight attendants that touches on topics such as microaggression and unconscious bias. Incidents of reported discrimination on flights climbed during the first 10 months of last year, according to the Department of Transportation.
Johnson & Johnson emphasizes the value of diversity and inclusion by embedding these topics into all training materials throughout the year, says Chief Diversity Officer Wanda Hope. Meanwhile, AT&T has created employee networks and resource groups that help workers connect with one another and provide support for demographic groups.
Companies can attract and retain working parents by taking simple, low-cost measures such as encouraging workers to take time off and making in-house resources visible, easily accessible and free of stigma. Leaders should start by gathering data on topics such as attrition.
Unconscious bias isn't only about gender and race. Managers might have all sorts of biases -- against people with tattoos or introverted personalities, for example -- that stop them from making the best hiring decisions.
Leaders should work to recognize their unconscious bias and use a standardized set of criteria to make hiring decisions. Monitoring results over time lets managers determine whether efforts to mitigate unconscious bias are working.
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AICPA Diversity & Inclusion News
Now accepting applications for 2017 Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop
The AICPA is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop (ASLW), an all-expenses-paid annual program for minority accounting students in an undergraduate or graduate level. This year, we are hosting the workshop in Houston, Texas, from May 17 through May 19. Through our speakers, panel discussions and interactive programs, the workshop will provide excellent opportunities for attendees to accelerate their professional skills and learn about the career benefits of earning the CPA credential. Learn more and apply.
Register today for the 2017 Workforce Diversity Webcast Series
Register today for the Workforce Diversity Webcast Series and learn how to stay competitive and win the war for clients and talent. With today's ever-changing workforce environment, more inclusive strategies are imperative to attract and recruit diverse talent, especially when it is in demand and being courted by the competition. In the first webcast, diversity experts will provide strategies on how to attract and recruit a talented diverse pool of candidates, by leveraging an in-depth knowledge of how diverse constituencies think and behave differently. Join us for the first free webcast -- "Workforce Diversity: Attracting and Recruiting Diverse Talent" -- on Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. ET.
Celebrating Black History Month
In celebration of Black History Month, the AICPA recognizes notable African-American CPAs -- Mary T. Washington, Milton Wilson, Kimberly Ellison-Taylor and John Cromwell Jr. -- for their bravery and contributions that paved the way for future generations of minority accountants. To mark Black History Month, we've been highlighting major African-American contributions every week on the AICPA's Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram channels. Follow, like and repost the content to help us honor those who helped build a vibrant and diverse society.
American Institute of CPAs
is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with more than 418,000 members in 143 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA is committed to diversity and inclusion in the accounting profession with the development of programs to increase the student pipeline and tools and resources to retain and advance ethnically diverse professionals.
About the AICPA National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion
The AICPA National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion was formed to serve as champions within the accounting profession and to work toward
proposing strategies to recruit, retain, and advance minorities in the profession. The National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion
has set a new course to address best practices and develop tools to help members and firms succeed in their diversity and inclusion efforts.