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November 26, 2014


Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

ASHHRA Webinar and Mentoring Program
The Labor and Employment Agenda for 2015 - Important Issues for Health Care Providers
Date: Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET, 12:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT
Duration: 90 minutes
G. Roger King, HR Policy Association, ASHHRA at-large Advocacy Committee member
Jim Trivisonno, president, IRI Consultants, ASHHRA at-large Advocacy Committee member
Price: ASHHRA Members: $39; Non Members: $79

Register now to attend this upcoming ASHHRA webinar and hear a discussion of the impact of the mid-term elections; infectious disease implications, including Ebola developments; expected National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule-making and other NLRB decisions that will affect health care employers. The presenters will review developments from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor and the courts. The webinar also will address data and labor trends recently published in the ASHHRA Labor Activity in Health Care Report and the latest tactics unions are using to organize health care employers. Finally, our presenters will review best practices to use to mitigate the risk of union activity. Learn more here.

2014/2015 Mentoring Program
The ASHHRA Mentoring Program is designed to create a mentorship community for health care HR professionals to enhance and grow knowledge, skills and abilities to excel in their career. Using the five competencies of the HR Leader Model, the program will become a resource for finding and developing talent to ultimately advance the growth of the health care HR profession.

The 2014/2015 Mentoring Program is accepting registrations from practitioner members. If you are interested in participating in the Mentoring Program, complete and submit the requested information in the following link: ASHHRA Mentoring Registration.

Click here for a brief video of mentor and HR leader Maureen O'Keeffe as she talks about the vital role of mentorship.

IFD 2015 Regional Symposium, Diversity Dialogue Webinars and Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)
Register Today – 2015 Regional Symposium
Registration is open for the Institute’s upcoming Regional Symposium, “Building a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce: Voices from the Best in Class Hospitals,” which will precede the Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI) annual conference on March 4, 2015, in Dallas, Texas. Designed to help health care leaders increase diversity in their organization's workforce, leadership and governance , this symposium will feature “Best in Class” hospitals from the latest edition of “Diversity and Disparities: A Benchmark Study of U.S. Hospitals.” In addition, the symposium will feature insights into disparities reduction, diversity management and cultural competency.

For more information and to register, click here.

December Diversity Dialogue Webinars
The Institute is pleased to present two collaborative Diversity Dialogue webinars for the month of December. These webinars are free of charge but advance registration is required. More information about each Diversity Dialogue is below:

University Hospitals' Journey to Increase Diversity in Leadership and Reduce Health Care Disparities
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. CT, 12:30 p.m. MT, 11:30 a.m. PT
Duration: 60 minutes
Presenters: Heidi Gartland, M.H.A., vice president, Government and Community Relations, University Hospitals-Cleveland
Price: FREE

Presented in conjunction with Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence (HPOE), this webinar will highlight the numerous initiatives and programs Institute member Cleveland-based University Hospitals has implemented to increase diversity in its leadership and governance, as well as efforts to reduce disparities in health care. For more information and to register, click here.

Disparities in Mental Health Care Among Diverse Populations
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET, 1:00 p.m. CT, 12:00 p.m. MT, 11:00 a.m. PT
Duration: 60 minutes
Presenter: Melba J.T. Vasquez, Ph.D., past president of the American Psychological Association
Price: FREE

Presented in conjunction with the American Hospital Association.* In this webinar, Melba J.T. Vasquez, Ph.D., will describe how mental and behavioral health is a critical and frequently unaddressed issue for racial and ethnic minority communities. To register, click here.

*Participation in this webinar is by express written invitation of the AHA only. Unauthorized participants and/or any party that aids and abets such unauthorized participants may be subject to criminal and civil penalties under both state and federal law including the Electronic Communication Privacy Act.

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

Two-thirds say diversity important when choosing employer
Staffing Industry Analysts
Almost two-thirds, 67 percent, of people say a diverse workforce is an important factor when evaluating companies and job offers, according to a survey released today by Glassdoor. When it comes to the recruiting process, minority groups value diversity even more than the average job seeker. Seventy-two percent of women surveyed said a diverse workforce is important when evaluating companies and job offers along with 89 percent of black respondents, 80 percent of Asians and 70 percent of Latinos. Among military veterans, 65 percent reported they consider workplace diversity an important factor during the job search process.
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The answer to disengaged employees is diversity and inclusion
Roundpegg, the culture management company, recently released the results of a study on the relationship between diversity and inclusion on engagement, working with Nike. The results are compelling: Highly diverse teams are 13 times more likely to be engaged than the least diverse teams. The company had 555 participants, and found that with every 10 percent increase in diversity there was a 6 percent increase in engagement.
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Why diversity starts at the top
Encouraging diversity in the workplace starts with the leader. Organizations that embrace diversity have leaders at the very top who articulate diversity as a fundamental element of the company’s success. Here are a few ways leaders can demonstrate diversity and create a culture that quickly addresses behaviors that may be counter-inclusive.
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Gender balance doesn't have to start with the CEO
Harvard Business Review
Managers are often discouraged by the fact that gender balance requires top-down leadership. But the top is a relative concept. Very often progress on gender balance starts in one division, one country or one business unit. When companies then compare the business performance of a team before and after gender balance, or between teams that are more or less balanced, the results are clear. While there’s lots of research between companies demonstrating that better balance equals better performance, it’s often more convincing to leaders when they see it play out in their own internal metrics.
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What job seekers really think of your diversity stats
Workplace diversity has been a hot topic this year, as several tech companies have released their diversity numbers for the first time. Companies like Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple have published the demographic data of their workforces. Glassdoor wanted to know just how much it really matters. The Glassdoor Diversity Hiring Survey turned to the community to find out the importance of diversity when deciding where to work and if employers are doing enough to foster a diverse workforce.
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  Make Your Hospital's Benefit Plan Work for You

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Why generational diversity is your biggest competitive advantage
The Hiring Site
Business leaders and executives tend to be a rather focused group. It makes sense: After all, they’re tasked with creating and executing successful plans to achieve business growth and profitability. They want (and need) to win, and in order to have the best shot at a victory, they’re constantly seeking ways to gain competitive advantage. This is good news for talent advisers. Why? Because talent advisors are the experts when it comes to the organization’s key source of competitive advantage — the ability to attract, recruit and retain the right people.
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Legal issues: Diversity recruiting
National Association of Colleges and Employers
Equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination are an important part of the recruiting and hiring process. Career services practitioners, university relations and recruiting professionals should be aware of recent legislative changes to established laws.
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