Emtrain Blog

5 Essential Steps to Take When Planning Your Reduction in Force (RIF)

Posted by Steve Cadigan

December 20, 2016

While every business would prefer to avoid the trauma of a RIF, unfortunately it’s an inevitable cycle that hits every organization at some point. A critical element when facing the prospect of a RIF is planning and preparing extensively.

To implement a RIF as quickly and humanely as possible, spend some time planning out how you will address all the relevant issues. Here are 5 essential things to consider when planning your RIF:

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Topics: HR Compliance, Talent Management, People Skills, Company Culture

4 Ways to Avoid Conflict at Your Workplace Holiday Party

Posted by Janine Yancey

December 5, 2016

This post was originally published on December 8, 2015 and was updated on December 5, 2016.


Whether you love them or hate them, holiday parties are an annual event for most organizations. 

Follow these steps to make sure your employees are having a great time at your workplace holiday party, while curbing any crazy antics and conduct.

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Topics: People Skills

NEW! Managing Unconscious Bias Program

Posted by Janine Yancey

October 6, 2016

If you're having a difficult time fostering diversity and inclusion in your workplace, unconscious bias may be the cause.

What is unconscious bias? Unconscious bias is the information, beliefs, and stereotypes that affect our information processing subconsciously.

That means we are biased in ways we don't even realize! Our unconscious preferences can influence who gets hired, team dynamics, and who gets career opportunities.

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Topics: People Skills, diversity, Unconscious Bias

What Do You Need to Boost Employee Engagement? [Infographic]

Posted by Allison Baker

September 20, 2016

Employee engagement is a business buzzword that keeps popping up – and for good reason.

Employee engagement focuses on what's important to your employees and what makes them feel they are making a difference at your organization.

New research from The Workforce Institute at Kronos Inc. and WorkplaceTrends.com shows workplace conditions that can really make a difference with employees. Here are a few key findings:

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Topics: HR Compliance, Talent Management, People Skills

5 Ways to Encourage Employees to Feel Free to Be Themselves at Work

Posted by Allison Baker

September 16, 2016

Did you know that 83% of LGBT employees feel the need to downplay or hide their sexual orientation in the workplace to avoid judgment?

Sure, we all need to have boundaries with our personal and professional lives, however studies show that hiding our true selves can be crippling to our careers.

A Deloitte report revealed that 61% of all employees hide or “cover” their identities in some way. This can look different for specific diverse populations.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Talent Management, People Skills, diversity, Unconscious Bias

6 Ways to Foster Belonging in Your Organization

Posted by Allison Baker

September 9, 2016

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, Pat Wadors, senior vice president of global talent organization at LinkedIn, shared the key element lacking from most diversity and inclusion initiatives: belonging.

Despite increased diversity efforts, we’re not really seeing a lasting impact on minority representation in organizations. Wadors drew from her own experience as a female in a male dominated industry to find the missing link.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Talent Management, People Skills, diversity, Unconscious Bias

When Culture Became LinkedIn's Competitive Advantage

Posted by Steve Cadigan

July 14, 2016

This blog post was originally published on Inc. and also appeared on Steve Cadigan's LinkedIn page.


One of the many ironies of my adventure working at LinkedIn from 2009-2012 was that our biggest challenge and our main product were one and the same: Recruiting.

During this time we added over 3,000 employees to the organization off of a base of around 400 and we also built hiring solutions that massively changed the recruiting industry.

Looking back, this was an amazing achievement to have realized in such a short time and while ultimately we met our goal of building a world class team and a world class company, when I first joined the organization, this outcome was far from certain.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Talent Management, People Skills, Company Culture

Strategies to Increase Leadership Diversity & Improve Your Bottom Line

Posted by Janine Yancey

May 5, 2016

Workplace diversity isn’t just nice to have – research has made it increasingly clear that a diverse workforce leads to better financial performance.

A McKinsey report found that of the 366 global companies included in the study, those with the most women in leadership positions were 15% more likely to have operating earnings above the median in their industry.

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Topics: HR Compliance, People Skills, diversity, Unconscious Bias

How to Manage Bias and Prevent a Leaky Diversity Funnel

Posted by Janine Yancey

April 25, 2016

Managing unconscious bias during recruitment is vital, but what happens after you’ve created an evaluation framework to ensure your hiring process is inclusive?

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Topics: HR Compliance, People Skills, diversity, Unconscious Bias

Equal Pay: Sometimes Fairness Requires a Push

Posted by Janine Yancey

April 12, 2016

Many of us think of ourselves as fair and impartial when it comes to interacting with colleagues and employees. After all, diversity and inclusion are now an integral part of our corporate conversation.

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Topics: HR Compliance, People Skills, diversity, Unconscious Bias