In Case You Missed It: April 2022 Edition

9 min read | Samantha Furbush Taraskiewicz

On a timely basis we curate fabulous articles about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion on our Instagram, Facebook page, LinkedIn Leading NOW group and company page, and also Tweet them out. 

We then share the the best of the best here on our blog! 

Winning The War For Talent Is A Battle, But It Doesn't Have To Be


Did you see our CEO's most recent article written for the Forbes Human Resources Council?  

"...When I talk to clients who are looking for guidance on how to recruit and retain the best talent for their organization, I always ask them questions about the culture of their organization and how inclusive it is. Why? Because having an inclusive organization creates a sense of belonging that employees want to be part of.

Ask yourself this: What was the best company you ever worked for, and what was it about that company that made it the best? I’m willing to bet the answer was the culture. A Glassdoor workplace survey on diversity and inclusion revealed that "76% of job seekers and employees today report that a diverse workforce is an important factor when evaluating companies and job offers."..."

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Leading NOW Named a Top 20 Diversity and Inclusion Company by Manage HR

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"... Leading NOW, a global consultancy that guides current and future leaders in creating more equitable organizations, is honored to announce it has been recognized by Manage HR magazine as a Top 20 Diversity and Inclusion Company for 2022. 

The Top 20 is comprised of an elite list of D&I companies nominated by subscribers as companies they believe are at the forefront of providing DEI solutions/services they would recommend to their peers. Finalists were further evaluated by Manage HR’s editorial board and a panel of HR leaders to name the Top 20.

“We are grateful to make the Top 20 list, and thrilled to learn that the proprietary research we released last year on Cultural Dynamics in the Workplace™, and the resulting creation of our unique Inclusive Culture Assessment currently being used by our global clients today, were key factors for receiving this recognition,” said Kelly Lockwood Primus, CEO, Leading NOW.  ..."

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First on first: Alyssa Nakken makes coaching history


"... Alyssa Nakken broke another historic barrier on Tuesday night, becoming the first woman to coach on the field in a Major League game in the Giants’ 13-2 victory over the Padres at Oracle Park.

Nakken took over as the Giants’ first-base coach in the top of the third inning after Antoan Richardson was ejected from the game by crew chief Greg Gibson following a dispute with Padres third-base coach Mike Shildt. Nakken said bench coach Kai Correa came down to the batting cages and told her she would be replacing Richardson. And so she made her on-field coaching debut with the Giants, who originally hired the 31-year-old as an assistant coach in January 2020. 

“It was unreal,” Giants infielder Mauricio Dubón said. “She was one of us out there, so it was pretty cool."  ..."

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How can the 4-day work week be a true game-changer for employers?

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"... Such companies as Panasonic and online platform Kickstarter recently moved to the four-day model, which has also been trialed in Microsoft offices. In a pilot from an organization called 4 Day Week Global, 35 North American companies and some two dozen countries and companies around the globe are testing four-day weeks this spring, Forbes reported. There’s even proposed federal legislation to reduce the standard work week from 40 hours to 32.

According to a survey from of 1,300 U.S.-based business owners, 27% of those surveyed have switched to a four-day work week, and an additional 35% are considering the move. A recent survey from Qualtrics found that more than 90% of surveyed Americans would support shortening the work week..."

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America’s Best Employers For Diversity


Did your company make the list? 

"... Over the past two years, the focus on racial disparities has put a spotlight on several industries. The impact of Covid-19 on the lives and livelihoods of Black families has raised questions about healthcare equity. The economic fallout for Black workers and Black-owned businesses has once again illustrated the need for financial inclusion and access to capital. Meanwhile, remote learning has turned attention to the disparities in resources and academic outcomes for students in underserved communities.

It was against this backdrop that Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to compile our annual list of America's Best Employers for Diversity. To determine the ranking, Statista surveyed 60,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees and pinpointed the companies they identified as most dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion. Survey participants were asked to rate their organizations on criteria such as age, gender, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation equality, as well as that of general diversity. Statista then asked respondents belonging to underrepresented groups to nominate organizations other than their own. ..."


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4 Things Gen Z and Millennials Expect From Their Workplace


This research also backs up what Leading Women found when we did our deep dive into millennials in the workplace... 

"... Gen Z and younger millennials want leaders who support a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Younger generations grew up in a world that was far more diverse than previous generations. They demand respect, equity and inclusion -- and they are voting with their consumer and employment choices. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is not a "nice to have" for this generation; it's an imperative that is core to their personal identities. 

While U.S. employee engagement in 2020 showed a calendar-year surge, it took a historic drop in the summer during the George Floyd protests. And corporate leaders took notice. DEI is now a top priority for business leaders across the country -- as it has been for younger workers for a while now. One way to think of DEI in the workplace is individualized respect. Young people want to be appreciated for their unique contributions, and they want to feel respected. As with ethics, DEI is not just a question of corporate policy. It affects how employees accomplish their daily work. Disrespect breeds distrust, which destroys collaboration and honest communication. Respect and recognition matter from every direction -- peers, managers, policies, systems and leaders. ..."

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