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New Discrimination Laws and the Changing Social Landscape

The modern workforce is undergoing a dramatic shift, and it's being reflected in some new legislation. Workplace culture, respect, and inclusion are taking the limelight like never before as evidenced...
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Unconscious Bias Gets in the Way of Moving Up the Ladder

Does unconscious bias determine how roles and responsibilities are allocated at your company? Day to day organizational tasks make up the minutiae that keep an organization on its feet and...
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When You Ignore Unconscious Bias, You Ignore D&I

Unconscious bias creates barriers for diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Such biases can have a significant impact on recruitment, promotions, and retention. So, when you ignore unconscious bias, you’re...
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Is Unconscious Bias Coloring Your First Impressions?

Does a person’s appearance shape your initial interaction with them? Of course it does. Humans are hard-wired to figure past experiences into future interactions; this mechanism is the foundation behind...
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Illinois Harassment Prevention Law Requires Annual Training

As of January 1, 2020, all Illinois employers are required to provide sexual harassment prevention training to their employees every year, regardless of the size of the company.  Illinois Governor...
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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 Develop 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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