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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

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

How to Build an Effective Unconscious Bias Program [Guide]

Posted by Allison Baker

August 23, 2016

 

Research shows us that mandated unconscious bias training programs don't work. Instead of a top-down approach to unconscious bias training, we recommend crafting a program that inspires behavioral change on a personal level.

Download your free Guide to Building an Effective Unconscious Bias Program to learn how to engage learners and start a sustainable, interactive dialogue about unconscious bias.  

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Topics: Unconscious Bias

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

5 Step Checklist to Manage Unconscious Bias During Recruitment

Posted by Janine Yancey

April 5, 2016


This just in: We all have unconscious bias. Research shows that we all take mental shortcuts to quickly process information to assess other people and situations.

Unconscious bias can make it easier for some candidates than others to get hired — undermining objective decision-making, which can impede diversity and inclusion in your organization.

How can you manage and minimize your unconscious bias so it doesn’t skew your recruitment and hiring practices?

Use this 5 step checklist to create an evaluation framework that uses objective skill criteria and scoring to help determine your top candidate.

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