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Dec. 30, 2011
As 2011 comes to a close, the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration and the Institute for Diversity would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the healthcare human resources industry, we would like to provide the readers of the eNewsBrief: Hot Topics in Diversity, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. The news brief will resume publication Jan. 13.

Why diversity professionals struggle to make the business case for diversity
Diversity Best Practices (Oct. 4, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As a challenging economic climate forces companies to closely scrutinize their business activities, diversity practitioners are being challenged to show how their work is impacting their companies' top and bottom lines. This issue was explored at Diversity Best Practices' Sept. 27 Best Practice Session at Freddie Mac headquarters in McLean, Va. The day's sessions focused on financial and business acumen — 1 in 8 core competencies Diversity Best Practices has determined are critical for diversity practitioners to succeed in taking diversity and inclusion to the next level. More

Debunking the 'affirmative-action myth'
Diversity Inc. (May 2011 issue)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Anti-affirmative action advocate Ward Connerly, who is best known for leading the state-to-state war to roll back affirmative action, told an audience of CEOs and senior executives at a DiversityInc learning event in Washington, D.C., that he is a crusader for "a color-blind society." He argued that dismantling affirmative action will force the government to treat all its citizens equally regardless of their racial background. But that stance doesn't account for who has really benefited most from affirmative action over the years. More

HR's 12 worst worries for 2011 and how to cope
HR Morning (April 8, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What are the critical pain points HR pros should be addressing over the next year? Top employment law attorneys Charles High, Pat Stanton and Jeff Portnoy offered a blueprint for employers at the Labor & Employment law Advanced Practices (LEAP) symposium in San Diego. More

African-American surgeon calls for equality in US medical system
Voice of America (Feb. 8, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Augustus White was growing up in the American south in the 1940s, racial segregation was an accepted part of life. African-Americans got second best — in education, employment, and healthcare. But white overcame those barriers, becoming an orthopedic surgeon, professor of medicine at Harvard and a leading figure in the struggle to reduce discrimination against minority medical patients. More

Get ready to hire generation Z
American Express OPEN Forum (Sept. 19, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Just as companies have adjusted to the demands of Generation Y, a new generation is set to graduate from college: Generation Z. William Strauss and Neil Howe set the standard for generational analysis in their book: Generations: The History of America's Future 1584 to 2069. The basic premise of the book is that generational traits are cyclical, and therefore predictable. More

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A new kind of racism?
Human Resource Executive (June 20, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One study shows that, as racial discrimination lessens against blacks, whites are feeling victimized. That's pretty surprising, the researchers say, when black Americans still lag in areas such as income, home ownership, health and employment. However, another professor says non-college-educated whites are falling behind. More

Study: Workplace increasingly hostile
CBS News (Aug. 9, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you're not happy about going to work, you're definitely not alone. A recent survey confirms what a lot of us have experienced first-hand: rudeness in the workplace is up — and morale is down. Since 2007, our economy has lost nearly nine million jobs, with remaining employees working longer and harder than ever. And many aren't happy about. The U.S. workplace is becoming increasingly hostile, according to research conducted by Indiana Wesleyan University and Florida International University. More

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Medical students may act on unconscious racial preferences
News-Medical.Net (Sept. 8, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New Johns Hopkins research shows that medical students — just like the general American population — may have unconscious if not overt preferences for white people, but this innate bias does not appear to translate into different or lesser health care of other races. The research findings, published in the Sept. 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, questions whether something could be happening during medical training that turns benign unconscious preferences of students into ideas and behaviors that may lead to different types care for patients of different races. More

Women in the workplace are just too nice
Forbes (May 23, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many of us are pleased when our bosses use words like "team player," "positive attitude" and, "jumps in and helps others" in our annual reviews. We believe these to be traits that help us succeed. But is it possible that those characteristics may be holding you back? Few of us have ever had a boss who complained that we were too nice, yet, being too nice may actually hurt your career. More

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Hospital refuses to hire smokers
The Boston Globe (March 15, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Michigan hospital says it refuses to hire smokers, going so far as to test applicants for nicotine before allowing them to work there. Two workers were already recently turned down for employment at Crittenton Hospital in Rochester after testing positive for nicotine. They're following the lead of Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, which implemented the policy last December. Certainly, it makes sense that hospitals and other workplace establishments have no-smoking policies. And university campuses in Massachusetts are required by law to be smoke-free. But not hiring workers who smoke takes this a step further. More

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