Emtrain Blog

5 Ways to Avoid Killing Your Startup During a Reduction in Force

Posted by Janine Yancey

March 17, 2017

This was originally published on Startup Grind, the global startup community.


As a growing startup, a reduction in force (RIF) might be the furthest thing from your mind. Unfortunately, they are a reality that most companies must at least consider at some point in their growth and it’s better to be prepared than left to chance.

Looking around at today’s business landscape, we can see that even amidst mostly positive news, there are companies like Macy’s and Kmart that must constrict in order in to survive. In this context, a RIF can actually be a painful but critical part of building a more effective organization.

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Topics: diversity training, diversity, Unconscious Bias, start-ups

Unconscious Bias in the Workplace: Let's Get Personal

Posted by Allison Baker

March 8, 2017

I had the privilege of attending a hearing in Sacramento presented by The Legislative Women's Caucus and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls called Implicit Bias and Its Impact on Women in the Workforce.

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Topics: Unconscious Bias, Gender Bias, Racial bias

Is Hiring for 'Culture Fit' Ruining Your Culture?

Posted by Allison Baker

January 24, 2017

Whether you're a CEO or an HR leader, you know how important having a positive workplace culture is. But what if your hiring practices are actually hindering your culture instead of cultivating it?

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Topics: diversity, Unconscious Bias

2017 Business Growth Resolutions Must Include Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion

Posted by Janine Yancey

January 20, 2017

This was originally published on Startup Grind, the global startup community.


As we move into 2017, it’s natural to take stock of the world around us and measure how it will impact our lives over the next twelve months and beyond.

For business leadership, much of that evaluation revolves around how populist sentiment that is rejecting “political correctness” as bad for America, will impact business prospects and the workplace.

For women and minorities who aspire to increased presence within leadership, the evaluation could be especially worrisome as they wonder whether regulatory and enforcement changes, buoyed by populist sentiment, will undermine progress made in leveling the playing field in support of diversity and inclusion.

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Topics: diversity training, diversity, Unconscious Bias, start-ups

Trending in 2017: Managing Unconscious Bias

Posted by Janine Yancey

January 6, 2017

As you strategize your business goals in 2017 and beyond, managing unconscious bias needs to be a priority. Time and again, we've learned that cultivating diversity and inclusion in the workplace drives real business success.

Unfortunately, unconscious bias can stymy your efforts to build a better workplace. And while the government can protect minority groups from harassment and discrimination, it's the private sector that can really impact change.

Read my article on HR.com to learn why it's critical that business and HR professionals focus their efforts on promoting a level playing field to benefit our economy, businesses, and employees.

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Topics: diversity, Unconscious Bias

Brogrammers Disrupted: How Silicon Valley Could Become More Inclusive

Posted by Janine Yancey

December 2, 2016

This was originally published on Startup Grind, the global startup community.


The impact of technology on mainstream society has grown beyond measure. From the dawn of the Gig Economy to the ubiquity of smartphones, the way we live our lives has fundamentally changed over the last few years.

The accelerated pace of integrating technology into every conceivable consumer activity such as ride-sharing, finding lodging, food delivery, connecting with friends and so on presents an ironic opportunity for Silicon Valley to disrupt its own brogrammer culture and accelerate inclusion in a way that other sectors and regions simply cannot match.

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Topics: Unconscious Bias, start-ups

Emtrain in the News!

Posted by Allison Baker

October 27, 2016

We have some very exciting things going on at Emtrain: we just launched our Managing Unconscious Bias Program and we’re in the process of updating Preventing Workplace Harassment to a multi-media course.

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Topics: diversity, Unconscious Bias

The Strategy Female White House Staffers Used to Get Their Ideas Heard

Posted by Allison Baker

October 14, 2016

A recent study found that listeners (both male and female) are biased against female speakers even if they say the exact same thing as a man.

This can be problematic in day-to-day interactions, but especially in a professional environment where women are trying to get their ideas heard. In meetings and brainstorming sessions, women can get sidelined in meetings or be downright ignored.

As you can imagine, women in the White House faced similar challenges in getting their voices heard and getting credit when they did speak up.

What did the female white house staffers do? They teamed up to develop a strategy.

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Topics: diversity, Unconscious Bias

Webinar Q&A: Building an Unconscious Bias Program

Posted by Allison Baker

October 10, 2016

During our recent Lessons on Building an Effective Unconscious Bias Program webinar, we gave attendees the opportunity to pick the brains of managing unconscious bias expert and Paradigm Founder & CEO, Joelle Emerson, and Emtrain's Founder & CEO, Janine Yancey.

Check out their answers and, if you have any additional questions, you'll have an opportunity to ask your own questions at the bottom of the page.

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Topics: diversity, Unconscious Bias

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