​When British Columbia announced temporary travel restrictions on April 23, Anita Alfke was prepared. She lives on Vancouver Island, one of the three health regions designated by the provincial government, and could no longer leave the island. However, months of pandemic life had prepared her for this particular phase. She works in sales, which has
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​While much of the attention on U.S. immigration policy has focused on children and families at the southern border of the U.S., business leaders have a list of problems with the nation’s employment-based immigration system they’d like to see fixed. At the heart of those problems are job openings. Even as unemployment rates remain relatively
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The four-day workweek received a notable boost recently when Spain announced a pilot project for employers interested in a trial run of the concept. Companies in other countries, including Japan and New Zealand, also have tested four-day workweeks. Early this year, the deputy of Spain’s progressive Más País party, which has promoted the idea, tweeted
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Employers around the world have been forced to stand up and take note around issues of mental health in the workplace since the start of the pandemic. As people deal with social isolation, anxiety associated with increased uncertainty and changing dynamics at home and at work, understanding the human experience as it relates to the
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​In the wake of protests and social unrest following the killing of George Floyd Jr. on May 25, 2020, organizations ramped up their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I).  Companies concentrated on supporting communities of color, promising to take a closer look at their recruiting and hiring practices, which employees they promoted, and the
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Victor Lim wasn’t sure whether to reveal he is a transgender man when he applied for a position at Bank of America in January 2020. His loved ones had advised him against divulging that information, fearing how the company and his co-workers might treat him. And Lim had his own concerns, despite having been out
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The Canadian government is considering a policy to give workers the legal right to disconnect from work. Under this new policy, employees wouldn’t be expected to respond to phone calls, e-mails and texts from bosses or colleagues during nonwork hours. In October 2020, the Right to Disconnect Advisory Committee, consisting of representatives from employers and
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​Will the pandemic-induced shift to remote work help organizations increase diversity? Yes, some companies say—at least for technology jobs. Technical fields have long lacked diversity; some 80 percent of software engineers in the U.S. are white men, according to McKinsey. Despite pledges to diversify, technology companies have yet to make much progress. Yet, while many
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We have all become familiar with the “Highly Reliable Organization”, which are those companies that avoid the negative outcomes from Black Swan events. They do not succumb to circumstances beyond their control because they are organized in a way that allows them to power through. Can you say the same about your data?  Do you
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The upheaval caused by COVID-19 and a year spent shifting operations to function remotely has led to many challenges for businesses. The logistics of managing an online-only or predominantly virtual team, for example, are overwhelming even on the best of days. Unfortunately, some of the first elements to fall by the wayside in the turmoil
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Diversity recruiting strategies to increase representation at every level Add bookmark Download Your Copy We respect your privacy, by clicking “Download Your Copy” you agree to having your details passed onto the sponsor who may promote similar products and services related to your area of interest subject to their privacy policy. You have the right
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​Corporate America made strong public statements to support diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) during last year’s social justice protests and movements. Advocates are pushing companies to now provide real opportunities to underserved communities—in hiring, promotions, authenticity and salary. Increasing Opportunities   Following the 2020 protests against police brutality and racism, many companies released a flurry
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