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November 14, 2014


Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

ASHHRA Call for Proposals
The Call for Proposals for the ASHHRA 51st Annual Conference & Exposition is now open. Join ASHHRA for the premier educational event and networking experience for the health care human resources (HR) profession! Consider becoming ASHHRA faculty to share your best practices, innovative solutions and expertise with health care HR professionals and enable them to lead the way to achieve excellence in their organizations.

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IFD Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)
Registration is open for the 2015 Summer Enrichment Program (SEP), the Institute’s 10-week summer immersive internship program for academically-strong minority graduate students. This program provides hospitals the opportunity to increase diversity in health care management by offering minority graduate students full-time work experience in some of the nation’s top health care facilities. More than 700 students have successfully completed the SEP program since the Institute’s inception in 1994. Institute members enjoy a $500 reduction in administration fees. Intern matching will begin in January 2015; internships will run June – August, 2015. Meet the health care leaders of tomorrow – take an SEP student today!

For more information, please click here or contact Chris Biddle, membership & education specialist, at

4 smart ways to work on your diversity problem
The big tech companies' diversity statistics don't look so sunny.'s do. Here's how to actually improve diversity and make your company more successful at the same time.
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Diversifying the health care workforce: Holistic admissions makes a difference
Huffington Post
Research has shown us that having a diverse health care team -- whether that be language, culture or where they grew up -- improves quality of care and patient trust in the health care system. Over the years, we've tried many different approaches to help bring diversity and cultural understanding to our health care workforce. From increased efforts to recruit more diverse students to student loan repayment programs for those who go back and practice in underserved communities, we've seen some progress and some success. But we still have a long way to go.
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Health care employees report declining confidence, survey shows
Becker's Hospital Review
U.S. health care employees' confidence has fallen to the lowest level in over a year, decreasing from 59.8 in the second quarter of 2014 to 54.3 in the third quarter, according to the Randstad Healthcare Employee Confidence Index, Rand Healthcare's system for measuring and tracking numerous components contributing to employee confidence. However, the confidence index is still above 50.0, which indicates a positive confidence level on a scale from 0 to 100.
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How to better use diversity ROI analytics to show payoff
Diversity Executive
Organizations depend on their diverse employees to grow their bottom line and achieve the aggressive goals needed to win in today’s global, fast-paced economy. They know the marketplace is full of a diverse group of customers, yet they do not always effectively utilize their diverse workforce members to create innovative, paradigm-shifting solutions. This guide is designed to help you build your diversity ROI business case to demonstrate value added by aligning with key business goals and objectives.
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Want more men to talk gender diversity? Bring in the bottom line
In 2011, Dell executive Aongus Hegarty was looking to build out his team. The newly-appointed president of Europe, Middle East and Africa asked for the names of the company’s best senior leaders. After some time, he received 15 names. Just one belonged to a woman. “It was then that I realized that my team wasn’t as successful as it could be,” Hegarty said in an interview with Fortune. “Leaders tend to bring people in that have similar experiences, but to excel you need a really diverse team.”
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3 ways to keep the leadership pipeline full
HealthLeaders Media
As baby boomers head into retirement, many health care organizations face a leadership crisis. The antidote? Develop your best employees into homegrown leaders. If you're not sure your organization is prepared, you're not alone. A DDI 2014 Global leadership forecast found that in 2011, only 18 percent of executives were confident in their leadership pipelines, and by 2014, that number had dropped to 15 percent.
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  Make Your Hospital's Benefit Plan Work for You

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Help your employees be themselves at work
Harvard Business Review Blog Network
How can managers create workplace environments where people feel comfortable being themselves? Research has shown that hiding our true identities can cripple professional performance. For instance, closeted LGBT employees feel much more isolated at work than their openly gay peers, and 52 percent of closeted employees feel their careers have stagnated, compared to just over a third of their out colleagues. But this isn’t just an issue for LGBT professionals. The Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion report, “Uncovering Talent,” reveals that 61 percent of all employees “cover” their identities in some way – not necessarily hiding something, but downplaying it for fear of drawing unwanted attention or making others uncomfortable.
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It's time to start looking at the gender gap differently
Diversity Executive
The gender gap between men and women is substantial and progress is slow. The latest report by the World Economic Forum claims it will take until 2089 — 81 years — for the gender gap to be bridged between men and women in areas like equal pay, equal representation in the boardroom, health, education and political empowerment.
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