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By Marion Davis Currently, the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) has come under fire. As an opinion piece in HR Dive noted, poorly structured DEI initiatives have presented a liability to companies, particularly with claims of discrimination in the workplace when one group of employees is supported and other groups are inadvertently disadvantaged. In a move to defund DEI programs, legislators have created bills targeting...
Image Description: A woman sits at the end of a long table wearing a fitted blazer, her back to the camera. Her straight dark hair is pulled back tightly into a short ponytail. She looks down the table toward her colleagues who are distantly seated and out of focus.  By Marion Davis As the tech layoffs in Silicon Valley continue to increase in number, many individuals may find it difficult to look past the immediate...
Image Description: An aerial shot of Apple Park shows the circular building in the dim light of the bright pinks and blues of an overcast day in Silicon Valley. By Marion Davis As of March 2023, announcement after announcement of more tech company layoffs in Silicon Valley fills the news headlines.  A live tracker indicates that the current count already for the year is 123,882 employees laid off from 454 tech...
Image Description: A young woman with pale skin and short dark bobbed hair wears a gray cardigan. She sits in a stool at the counter in a dark kitchen with her head cupped in her left hand. She is smiling as she converses with someone via her gray laptop that is open before her on the high-top counter. By Marion Davis With the pandemic came a surge in remote interviews. As of 2022, many reports have declared that the remote format...
By Marion Davis December is upon us, and Western holidays appear as a constant theme. During this time of year, companies benefit from emphasizing inclusive holiday celebrations in the workplace.  To foster a culture of belonging, organizations should always begin by asking instead of assuming which holidays employees observe or whether they observe any holidays at all.  Managers can ask employees to provide individual...
By Marion Davis One consistent theme within creating an inclusive, diverse work environment is that employers can grow in awareness of the many ways to support workers. Mental health support in the workplace is a topic not only applicable to those employees with mental disorders but all employees experiencing stress due to the constant changes in today’s world.  The Universal Benefits of Normalizing Mental Healthcare...
  Keywords: belonging, belongingness By Marion Davis The topic of belongingness unites both employees and employers.  A company culture that fosters belongingness is a predictor both of low employee burnout and of an increase of more than double in employee performance on the job. Within a workplace that strives for strength in diversity, simply hiring diversely is not enough. Are these organizations retaining...
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...