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August 9, 2016

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Diversity & Inclusion
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Fast Company: How Silicon Valley's Diversity Problem Created A New Industry

Emerging software start-ups provide diversity solutions for organizations by providing services across a range of hiring, promoting and retaining components.

Focus on Gender
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Fortune: We're Making Little Progress Getting Women on Boards (Catalyst Study)

According to a survey by research group Catalyst, women held 1 in 5 board seats at S&P 500 companies in 2015. While only 2.8% of boards have no women, just 14.2% of companies had 30% or more women on their boards and 24.6% have only one woman board member.

Talent and Workforce Strategy
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Society for Human Resource Management: Research on Flexible Work Arrangements

The survey finds that about half of organizations offer Flexible Work Arrangements (FWAs), and about one-third of these companies offer the FWA program to the majority of their employees. The report highlights some concern that even when FWAs are available, employees don’t feel comfortable participating in them. To address this issue, it recommends that leaders model flexibility, and HR ensure FWA participation does not result in career progression or performance evaluation penalties.

Harvard Business ReviewHow a Flex-Time Program at MIT Improved Productivity, Resilience, and Trust

MIT executive education reports results of a remote work program with 2-3 days of telecommuting and Wednesdays in the office for everyone: 
  • It reduced commute stress. The author notes that Psychology Today cites commute stress as adversely impacting health, including higher blood pressure and less physical activity.
  • It increased productivity, particularly due to commuting-related time sinks. 
  • It increased morale, and feelings of trust and respect. In fact, the MIT pilot found a 62% improvement in workplace trust level. 
The authors argue that remote work is an opportunity to competitively differentiate your workplace and improve employee retention. 

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