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Jan. 28, 2011
Hello ASHHRA and IFD members,

Raise your knowledge at our upcoming webinars:

ASHHRA Webinar
Topic: Improving Human Capital Effectiveness and Efficiency through HR Metrics
When: Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. PT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 12:00 p.m. CT, 1:00 p.m. ET
Duration: 60 Minutes
Price: FREE to ASHHRA and IFD Members
No preregistration required
Click here on the day of the webinar to be connected to the Web portion and dial in to 1-888-668-7002 Code - 8743711

IFD Webinar
Topic: State Level Cultural Competency Legislation: Overview and Implications
When: Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. PT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 12:00 p.m. CT, 1:00 p.m. ET
Duration: 90 Minutes
Price: IFD Members: FREE | Non-Members: $80
Click here to register

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Application deadline: March 1, 2011
Click here for the application and additional information

Have a great weekend!

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Workplace diversity must include buy-in
from whites

The Associated Press via Issues In Higher Education    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Organizational efforts to create and maintain an inclusive multicultural environment often face resistance by whites, says a University of Michigan researcher. "Without the support of whites, organizations and educational settings will fail in their attempts to navigate and manage the complexities of diverse work forces and constituencies," says Dr. Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, an associate professor of management and organizations at Michigan's Ross School of Business. "In the face of the dramatic projected growth in demographic diversity, such failure could have severe economic, social and political consequences." More

HR teams struggling to keep up with equality legislation
Personnel Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Despite the majority of employers providing diversity training for some members of their HR team, four out of 10 employers are not confident that their HR teams are kept sufficiently up-to-date on equality legislation to perform their jobs. More

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CDC releases report on socioeconomic health disparities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A report issued recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights the role of socioeconomic factors in people’s health. According to state-level estimates cited in the report, "CDC Health Disparities and Inequities Report — United States, 2011," low-income residents experienced five to 11 fewer healthy days per month than high-income residents. Among other findings, men are nearly four times more likely than women to commit suicide. Teen birth rates for Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks are three times and 2.5 times higher, respectively, than those of whites. The prevalence of binge drinking is higher among people with higher incomes. More

Managing and motivating employees in their 20s
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Younger people are especially hungry both to learn and to receive affirmation that they are doing a good job. I've found the best ones are generally much more motivated by incremental education and acknowledgement than they are by a modest bump in salary. Of course, the same qualities that make younger colleagues so responsive to the education and praise you offer may also make them susceptible to negative feedback loops, so be mindful of the context into which you toss them. More

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Community program confronts challenges of caring for immigrants with hearing loss via Twin Cities Daily Planet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Say a hospital patient needs an x-ray, typically a procedure that is widely understood in American culture. No problem. But what if that patient is Russian, once lived near Chernobyl in the Ukraine, site of a terrible nuclear accident in the 1980s, and is terrified at the thought of radiation, plus that person not only does not speak English, but does not speak because he is deaf? Explaining becomes a major task. More

For women in the workplace, an 'upgrade problem'
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Despite efforts to recruit ever more women into management, the number of female leaders dwindles dramatically the closer one gets to the top. It is a conundrum that prompts soul-searching at any gathering of professional women in the industrialized world, most of whom still struggle to chart paths to the summit of business when the signposts are often hidden — or in a language that few women speak. More

Older workers feel better about retirement
South Florida Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the economy shows signs of improvement and consumer confidence rises, older workers also are feeling better about retiring, according to new survey from CareerBuilder. Last year at this time, 72 percent of those 60 and older said they were putting off retirement because they could not afford to. That number is now down to 65 percent. More

Leave stereotypes in the dark: create an inclusive workplace
CSR Asia    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What are your initial impressions of a physically disabled woman, a transgender woman, and a visually impaired man? Our experiences in life and stereotypical messages propagated in the media often prevent us from seeing people for who they really are. The values behind these words denote a sense of "other" or describe how people may be different from a proposed "normal." Is it no wonder that creating an inclusive workplace for these people can seem challenging? Unfortunately, such labels do not capture the capabilities of a person, and certainly not those of a potential employee. More

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Linguistic diversity a challenge for global HR professionals
openPR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Human resource managers from global organizations addressed the unique challenges they face in serving employees from a multitude of cultures and languages at the Society of Human Resource Management presentation: Linguistic and Cultural Diversity: Communicating in a Global Organization. In fact, just because everyone is speaking the same language, doesn’t mean they are all on the same page. More

The Women's Initiative
WABC-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Women have made great strides in gaining workplace equality, but statistics show the vast majority of management positions are held by men. There is help on the way to empower women and get them to the top. Boston Consulting Group is taking the lead with The Women's Initiative, a program created seven years ago by CEO Karen Gordon. The Women's Initiative is designed to increase the company's recruiting retention and job satisfaction of women.

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