Training

Diversity and Inclusion Programs Don’t Cause Divisiveness, They Respond to Divisions

Why do we brush off people of color, women, those with disabilities and even hard data when they tell us there’s a need for more inclusiveness?

When an organization commits to creating a more diverse workforce and inclusive environment, one common criticism is that doing so causes divisiveness and unnecessary friction. This criticism can be expressed directly or it can manifest as an undercurrent of unstated resistance. Similar resistance often shows up in response to conversations about race. It often stems from the belief that discussions…

Revisiting 31 Core Competencies

A story published in 2002 remains immensely popular as we enter 2017; one answer could be the timeless nature of the story’s content.

Fifteen years ago Workforce printed a story titled “31 Core Competencies Explained.” Written by Edward J. Cripe and Richard S. Mansfield, the story today is one of Workforce.com’s most popular stories, generating tens of thousands of sessions a month. Why a story published in 2002 remains so popular as we enter 2017 is something of a mystery, though one answer could…

Being Light on Your Feet a Big Help in HR

Taking risks, taking action and taking control of her own decisions are qualities that make Alison Quirk an effective HR leader.

Alison Quirk, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Citizenship Officer, State Street Corp., Boston One of the enjoyable aspects of watching a dance routine is how something that looks so seamless requires so much strength, flexibility and preparation. Dancers memorize their routine, but while preparing for the next step they must remain in the present. Each small movement contributes…

Bullying — It’s Not Just for Kids

Bullying in the workplace is common and often goes unreported because employees think, ‘That’s just the way it is.’ A Q&A with Andrew Faas.

Andrew Faas Bullying isn’t just something that happens among children on the playground; it’s a bigger problem in the workplace than people may think. Andrew Faas, 67, knows this from his personal experience as both bully and the bullied at times throughout his career. Bullying is also the topic of Faas’ new book, “From Bully to Bull’s-Eye.” Faas, who worked…

Diversity Training in the Era of Trump

Diversity training was never particularly easy. Post-election, things have gotten even tougher for those plying their trade in the diversity consulting space.

A few people have emailed me since the election wanting me to write something scathing and heated about the outcome, but I didn’t for two reasons. One, the less I talk about that situation the better I feel. I have to live it, as do many Americans, and that’s more than enough. Two, politics has its connections, but not necessarily…

OSHA Doubles Down Against Retaliation

Let’s take a look at the types of scenarios OSHA believes will violate, and will not violate, its new anti-retaliation provisions.

OSHA has had a busy October. First, it announced that it has delayed enforcement, until Dec. 1, of the anti-retaliation provisions of its injury and illness tracking rule. According to OSHA, “The anti-retaliation provisions were originally scheduled to begin Aug. 10, 2016, but were previously delayed until Nov. 10 to allow time for outreach to the regulated community.” While I…

Just Because It Might Be Legal Doesn’t Make It Right

Merely because an employer can win a case for a stray racial epithet does not mean that any employer should tolerate this language.

The plaintiff in Tennial v. UPS , a former UPS manager, claimed that his manager placed him on a performance improvement plan, and ultimately demoted him, because of his race. In support of this claim, he relied in part on: 1) his manager’s alleged use of the word “n*****” in referencing another, nonparty UPS employee, and (2) a district president’s use…

Ernst & Young Pilots Program to Tap Into Autistic Talents

Detail-oriented, task-driven and analytical employees with autism fill a crucial need for the consultancy.

Consultancy EY’s program is identifying autistic individuals skilled in data crunching, pattern recognition and paying close attention to detail. Autism spectrum disorders affect 1 out of every 68 people nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, limiting their ability to socialize and communicate. However, individuals on the autism spectrum are also known to be particularly detail-oriented, task-driven…

ITT Closes All Campuses

Following the most recent federal sanction, for-profit college chain ITT Educational Services Inc. will close doors at all of its more than 130 locations.

Officials at ITT Educational Services Inc. said the for-profit college chain is stopping operations at all of its ITT Technical Institute locations. The Sept. 6 announcement comes barely a week after the U.S. Department of Education told the for-profit educator it could no longer enroll students who received federal financial aid. “It is with profound regret that we must report that ITT…