Rick Bell

5 Proven Strategies to Guarantee Your Diversity Initiative Produces Results

It’s not about doing the right thing, making others think you’re good people or keeping up with your competitors. Doing diversity right is about getting superior results.

Intent does not equal impact. Time and again I see organizations with good intentions embark on an enthusiastic endeavor to increase diversity in their workplace. Time and time again I also see their nonexistent to negative impacts, from failure to create lasting positive change to crash-and-burn disasters rife with unproductive conflict. Often it’s because they didn’t follow one or more…

Chief Diversity Officer: One of the Hardest Jobs in Technology

The role provides a unique opportunity to transform the composition of the workforce and the success of an organization.

Imagine a job whose requirements not only rely on improving product and increasing financial success, but also span across hiring and influencing corporate culture. While a chief diversity officer might not be the first job that comes to mind, it plays an increasingly crucial role in company output and financial success. According to a 2015 McKinsey report on 366 public…

It’s Not #MeToo That’s Killing Your Work Holiday Party. It’s Your Workplace Culture

Your holiday party is a reflection of your year-round culture as an employer.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham recently asked if the #MeToo movement is ruining the office holiday party. “Is the #MeToo movement becoming a spoiler for this season’s Christmas parties? … I can see this year it might a little less festive. No alcohol and no fun and no lampshades and no nothing, and, I don’t know, maybe that’s better. Is this just killing…

New Year’s Resolutions, NLRB-Style

The agency's Peter Robb wants regional board officials to consult his office on all cases involving precedent established on workers’ rights in the last eight years.

Have you started thinking about your New Year’s resolutions for 2018? The NLRB’s newly minted general counsel Peter Robb  has, and employers will be very happy. According to NLRB General Counsel Memo 18-02 , issued Dec. 1, Robb will be examining all NLRB precedents changed during President Barack Obama’s administration. The memo specifically directs regional board officials to consult Robb’s office on all…

Is This the Worst Harassment Training Video of All Time or Is It the Best?

This video could be so brilliant in its awfulness that it might just make a really good training tool.

Much of the news lately has focused on how we, as employers, can do a better job training and otherwise educating our employees about workplace harassment. So, I ask — is this parody the worst harassment training video of all time, or, is it so bad, that it’s actually the best training video? I think I’m leaning toward the latter — that this video is so brilliant in its awfulness…

What the CVS-Aetna Deal Currently Means for Employers

The mega-deal could reshape the health care delivery landscape, according to industry experts.

CVS Health Corp. announced its intention to buy insurance giant Aetna for $69 billion, a move that has been touted as the largest health care deal in decades with the potential to reshape the nation’s health care industry. This deal, announced Dec. 3, is intended to create a one-stop health care provider for both employers and consumers in the individual…

Globoforce Names Steve Pemberton as Its New HR Leader

The noted diversity and inclusion leader will further employee recognition in his new role.

Steve Pemberton Steve Pemberton was named as chief human resources officer for rewards and recognition company Globoforce. Pemberton, the former chief diversity officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance, the well-being enterprise of the drug-store giant, will work with Globoforce HR leaders and senior management executives worldwide to help them create relationships with their employees so they feel recognized, respected and appreciated,…

Our Harassment Laws Are Not the Reason for Our Sex Harassment Problem

The real issue is employers that have, for far too long, tuned a blind eye to these issues.

Last week, the New York Times ran an Op-Ed titled, Boss Grab Your Breasts? That’s Not (Legally) Harassment. It argues that our lax sexual harassment laws, and the courts that apply them, are responsible for our current workplace harassment problems. In a case that went to federal court in the early 1990s, a woman presented evidence that her supervisor tried to kiss…

Good Leaders Can Redefine Training to Help Transform Workplace Culture

The best companies feel strongly about supportive coaches walking alongside employees to push their performance ahead.

Only a handful of children will make a varsity team without an involved cheerleader in their lives spurring them on and driving accountability. You’ll likely never see a child make it to the Olympics without a parental figure taking an active role in their training. An employee’s perception of their company’s culture is directly connected to how engaged their direct…

Breast-Feeding Cop Wins Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Employers must accommodate breast-feeding mothers in the same manner they would employees with a similar ability or inability to work. 

After returning from a 12-week maternity leave, Stephanie Hicks, a police officer, overheard her supervisor commenting to her captain about finding ways to “get her out of here,” apparently because her leave was longer than her supervisor had wanted her to take. After only eight days back on the job, Hicks was transferred from narcotics to the patrol division, where…