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April 27, 2016

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Diversity & Inclusion
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Harvard Business Review: Overcome Biases That Punish Racially Diverse Teams

Research shows the many advantages of having diverse teams; however, managers’ unconscious biases about conflict in diverse groups can undermine those very benefits. Avoid these potential pitfalls by: cultivating an awareness of this bias in those responsible for evaluating diverse teams; relying on clear standards of performance set before, nor during, projects; and encouraging diverse teams to communicate and celebrate their successes to management.

Focus on Gender
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Society of Women Engineers: Why Women Leave Engineering

The Society for Women Engineers conducted a national gender study to better understand the role of corporate culture in causing high attrition rates for women in STEM — especially acute 5 to 8 years after women start their careers.  In the study, women report that cultural values that are prized by them are lacking in their company cultures, particularly pointing to shortfalls in accountability, teamwork, mentoring and quality.  To retain women STEM professionals, companies need to make long-term changes in their corporate environments.

QuartzWorkplace Family Protections Spur Economic Growth through Women-Owned Businesses

Sarah Thébaud of the University of California, Santa Barbara researched and published "Institutional Foundations of Gender Inequality in Entrepreneurship across 24 Industrialized Countries" (subscription or purchase required) in which she concludes that if the US offered family protections similar to Denmark’s, it could spur significant economic growth through women-owned small businesses. In countries, like Denmark, where governments mandate generous amounts of paid family leave, women who start businesses tend to build larger, higher-impact, and more scalable enterprises. They employ more workers, and express bigger ambitions for their products, services and growth.

Talent and Workforce Strategy
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Culture Amp: New Tech Benchmark Report 2016

86% of US employees reported overall satisfaction with their current job in 2014, the highest level of satisfaction in the last 10 years. Two of the top contributors were respectful treatment of everyone at all levels, and trust between employees and senior management. Study authors recommend: pay attention to the corporate culture and relationships between employees; be flexible when forming a compensation strategy; define workers’ roles and promote interaction so they know where they fit in.

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