The ASHHRA staff is currently in Tampa at our 46th annual conference. If you are local and want to stop by, please do. If you are unable to make it, we will make the learning sessions available to you. Look for more information on this in the coming weeks.
For the next ASHHRA and IFD webinars, please visit our websites at www.ashhra.org and www.diversityconnection.org.
Have a great weekend!
Beyond race and gender; Bringing workplace diversity to a higher level
The Washington Post Share
We've come a long way since the days of Rosie the Riveter, but some experts believe the American workplace has room for improvement. Even today, some workplaces consider variances in race and gender as diversity. But there's more to a diverse company than the color of employees' skin. Dr. Ann Evangelista, a consultant and organizational psychologist for TalentQuest, a talent and performance management company based in Atlanta, said employers need to look deeper to find workers' diversities. More
Eliminating health disparities: What works?
Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants Share
The nationally renowned Human Rights Campaign in conjunction with endorsing partner the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, has designed and implemented an excellent tool for assisting hospitals in measuring their own performance related to providing equitable care to gay and lesbian patients, as well as creating workplace environments that are friendly and supportive to gay and lesbian medical providers, nurses, and staff. Called the Healthcare Equality Index, this resource engages health care facilities examining their policies and practices to promote environments conducive to providing fair care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients, families, and staff. More
Anti-Muslim bias expected to rise
Business Insurance Share
Tension created by a plan to build a Muslim community center two blocks from New York's ground zero is spilling over to the workplace, observers say. Charges of anti-Muslim discrimination filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission already were increasing. However, such complaints are expected to rise further because of the conflict created by the widely publicized plan to build an Islamic community center just blocks from the terrorist-destroyed World Trade Center. Plans reportedly call for a prayer room within the facility. More
Disabled Americans suffer more on jobs market
Human Resource Executive Share
In a robust labor market, it's not easy being disabled. But in an anemic labor market, it's downright brutal as the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities far outstrips the average unemployment rate for the overall population. The unemployment rate of persons with a disability was 14.5 percent in 2009, far higher than the 9.0 percent unemployment for people with no disability, according to the latest findings issued last month by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. For disability experts, the news comes as no surprise. More
Shortchanging America's women
The New York Times Share
Annual earnings data released recently by the Census Bureau confirm a troubling discrepancy facing women workers and their families. Full-time women employees still make, on average, only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men — a lingering gender gap that depresses women's pay by thousands of dollars. This latest confirmation of disparate compensation poses an immediate challenge for the Senate, where important legislation aimed at combating gender-based wage discrimination now hangs in the balance. More
Health Net again named to Hispanic Business Magazine's Top 60 Diversity Elite
Business Wire via Marketwatch Share
Health Net, Inc. announced it was again named to Hispanic Business Magazine's 2010 list of "Top 60 Diversity Elite," with a ranking of No. 23. This is the company's third consecutive year on the list. Health Net moved up 21 spots from last year and ranked highest among all health insurers. According to the September edition of Hispanic Business Magazine, the factors determining the 2010 Diversity Elite involve more than 32 variables that measure a company's commitment to Hispanic hiring, promotion, marketing, philanthropy, and supplier diversity. More
Gen Y gets real: Hard times shatter young employees' sense of entitlement
The Miami Herald via The Dallas Morning News Share
The recession has brought a shocking reality to the Generation Y professionals who stumped baby boomers when they entered the workforce valuing work/life balance over the corner office. Stunned by a barrage of pink slips instead of promotions, Generation Y – people ages 18 to 30 – has swallowed a piece of humble pie. Those who still have jobs are adopting new workplace attitudes and making themselves more valuable. More
How employee-resource groups can impact your bottom line
Diversity Inc. Share
"Employees involved in ERGs are significantly more engaged than those who are not," says Raymond Arroyo, chief diversity officer at Aetna. For the past two years, the Hartford, Conn.–based health insurer has been asking its 34,000 employees to fill out an Employee Engagement Survey to determine, among other things, the business impact of Aetna's 15 employee-resource groups, ranging from gender and racial/ethnic to generational and veterans. More