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If it takes resorting to federal law to win your rightful place at work, then do it! Disabled individuals have as much right as anyone else in the United States to have a sense of belonging in the workplace. As a disabled person, you are protected from discrimination by the Americans with Disabilities Act.  It’s important to know that this protection extends through every aspect of employment. You’re protected from...
Look closely at what you can change in yourself and in your environment BY WILLIAM R. DODSON Do you feel like you’re always getting the cold shoulder at work? Do you get passed over for opportunities in favour of colleagues who seem to be less qualified and experienced? You may think that discrimination is to blame. None of that behavior supports or improves your mental health in the least.    However, employees...
By EmployDiversity  The Covid-19 pandemic (2020-2021) was not only a public health threat, but a mental health one, too. In lieu of a healthcare system structured to handle the many cases, people were told to stay in their homes. In some countries, residents were allowed outside only under strict conditions. And even then, individuals were required to wear masks at all times and to physically distance from others at least six feet....
Women and minorities who have traditionally felt sidelined at work have new ways to lift their productivity and job satisfaction BY WILLIAM R. DODSON The world changed significantly for women and minority knowledge workers during the Pandemic. It's vital for the survival and growth of talent in the corporation that Diversity Managers and HR departments grasp and act on this fact. Many diverse staff felt more grounded working...
Companies that update their post-pandemic family leave policies will reap bottom line benefits To find and keep the best talent post-pandemic, companies are constantly trying to differentiate themselves. One new benefit that progressive companies in the United States have been rolling out is generous parental leave. Paid parental leave and other policies that support employees and their families are considered a competitive edge for...
Diversity Managers and HR should be doing more to accommodate some of their most resourceful and adaptable staff: Working Mothers by William R. Dodson Working mothers have had a rough time of it since the start of the Pandemic, back in March 2020. In addition to the responsibilities of running a home, working mothers have also had to contend with a re-work of work itself. It was difficult enough dealing with the housecleaning,...
 By William R. Dodson It was clear more than a year after the start of the Covid Pandemic in March 2020 that diverse professionals overwhelmingly preferred working from home to returning to the office. In our article Marginalized Staff Prefer Working from Home , we cited:  "  … a Future Forum survey of 4,700 knowledge workers found a super-majority of staff never want to go back to the "good old days" of...
Some "First Women" of 2022 While many know the First Lady of the United States is Dr. Jill Biden, other women this year have attained eminence through grit, perseverance, and passion as well. For instance, Kamala Devi Harris is the first female vice president and the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history. She is also the first African-American and first Asian-American to serve in the role. Prior to becoming the Vice President,...
By Wiilliam R. Dodson One thing any job seeker consistently sees after just a few interviews is that interviewers tend to ask the same questions. It's as though they are all reading from the same bad script.  Most of us have some level of stress and anxiety logging into a video interview. It doesn't help that we're already nervous about making sure our technology is not going to turn on us to spoil the engagement even before it's...
Job candidates can significantly improve their online interview performance with a few tips to speed recruitment   by William R. Dodson The Coronavirus pandemic has created two major impacts in the labor market:: the reevaluation of personal and professional values; and the normalization of video conferencing as a way of meeting and engaging others.  However, while many households in the United States have at least one...
By EmployDiversity During these extraordinary times, it's difficult to make the time and space in one's brain about just how to celebrate a cultural impact on American society. The disruption that COVID has wreaked on business has been historic. Disruptions in supply chains and knock-on effects on labor supply have made the business environment challenging to say the least. So how do companies celebrate Black History Month on top of all...