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Q&A: How Women Lead on Bias and Diversity

This summer, Emtrain joined How Women Lead at their two-night event, Unraveling Unconscious Bias to share insights with Silicon Valley HR professionals (not their target market) on how to implement...

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How a Diverse Team Drives Better Decision-Making

Diversity matters when it comes to your company’s bottom line. Companies that prioritize ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity are seeing positive results—that outpace their less diverse peers. According to research...

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California, Mandatory Unconscious Bias Training

In a first-of-its-kind move, the California legislature is looking to mandate training for professionals who are tasked with decisions that affect the life and liberty of California residents. Specifically, California...

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Educate Your Employees About an Ethical Workplace

Workplace ethics issues have made more headlines in the past couple of years as a result of the #MeToo movement, business scandals, and code of conduct violations. While they may...

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How an Ethical Workplace Impacts Your Bottom Line

Workplace ethics directly contributes to a business' success. Making the right business decisions, happier and motivated employees, and a boost in morale will positively impact a company's success. Starting from...

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Diversity is Tired: Let’s Call It Humanizing Instead

I despise the word diversity. Every time I hear it used, I cringe and pause for impact. It usually follows with some form of "woke" PR jargon about how we’ve...

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6 Simple Ways to Create an Ethical Workplace

Imagine coming into work every day at a workplace that encourages or tolerates misconduct and brilliant jerks as long as they get the job done. Sure, there are those short-term...

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New York Expands Harassment & Discrimination Laws

Less than one year after sexual harassment training became mandatory under New York State and New York City law, the state legislature has enacted extensive reforms to anti-discrimination laws. Here’s...

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Pride: Opportunistic Activism Can Do More Harm than Good

Pride month is over, and it's time we address the giant, rainbow-colored elephant in the room. This June, our social media feeds were flooded with ads from brands who slapped...

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Diagnose Workplace Harassment Before It Happens

Relying on employee complaints, the number of policy claims, and conducting investigative procedures are archaic methods to assess workplace harassment and bias. A reactive strategy will not only hurt your...

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How to Cultivate a Trans-Inclusive Workplace

June is Pride month! Let's talk about trans visibility in the workforce. In our last post we shared a Gender-Neutral Language Cheat Sheet, and while obliterating the use of dated,...

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Gender Inclusiveness and Workplace Communications

Companies are increasingly investing in diversity and inclusion programs, racing to overhaul decades of systemic inequalities and recruit and retain top talent, regardless of background. One component of a company’s...

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How Good Managers Develope Successful Employees

When it comes to employee performance, HR pros often lose sight of a critical variable—the employee-manager relationship. When these relationships are running smoothly, and everyone is meeting their business goals,...

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Why Your Employer Brand Should Be A Big Turnoff

Should your employer brand—the way that prospective and current employees view you as an employer—be a turnoff for candidates? Absolutely. In today’s incredibly competitive market for talent, making sure you...

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The Wrongheadedness of Compliance Training

Collectively, there are ~60M people working in US companies with 500 or more people. Based on the 2018 ATD State of the Industry report, those companies spend $137 per employee...

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3 Steps to Build a Culture of Trust

Most talent professionals will tell you that we’re in the middle of a talent shortage and it’s a growing challenge to recruit and retain a high performing workforce. The Bureau...

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Frequently Asked Questions about the CA and NY Sexual Harassment Mandates

Employers in California and New York must now meet new requirements to provide sexual harassment prevention training to all of their employees. Do you know how your company plans to...

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How to Build a Better Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) Process

Companies that make bad hires pay the price. Placing someone in a role they’re not fit for can cost your company hundreds of thousands of dollars, stemming from costs of...

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Why Your Dated Social Media Policies Are A Culture and Legal Issue Waiting to Happen

For years, a common fear for businesses has been that employees might use social media in ways that hurt the company. Everything from sharing confidential information, misrepresenting the views of...

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Watermark’s Conference Shows How We Can Honor International Women’s Day Every Day

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the fifth annual Watermark Conference for Women in the Silicon Valley. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the organization, Watermark’s...

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9 Ways To Use California’s Gender Identity Regulations to Make Your Workplace More Inclusive

I served on California’s Fair Employment and Housing Council (previously the Fair Employment and Housing Commission) for more than seven years (appointed first by Gov. Schwarzenegger and later by Gov....

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