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Diversity initiatives among top workplace trends for 2015
Business News Daily
More social responsibility, an increased blurring of the lines between home and work life and the added use of mobile assessments are among the top workplace trends for 2015, according to a new study from the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology. Each year, the SIOP surveys its members to determine what organizations should expect in the coming year. This year's top 10 workplace trends are as follows.
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Are black colleges boosting the minority representation in the sciences?
The Atlantic
STEM fields notoriously lack racial diversity; Hispanics, African Americans and Native Americans make up 26 percent of the country's workforce but only 10 percent of STEM positions. To change this disparity, many organizations and individuals have endeavored to engage students in STEM at all stages of their academic lives. College is often the culmination of these efforts, the point at which students decide if they want to pursue careers in the sciences.
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Making the right hire: Everything you need to do
By Jared Kligerman
Even 10 years ago, having an excellent product or service at a good price was enough for you to be competitive and successful. Today, with the increasing use of blogs, online review sites and social media, that is not enough. Our employees define the brand, and we rely on them to deliver amazing customer service to ensure our product/service is sold to returning, loyal customers, who in turn recommend our product/service to their friends. The culture of an organization is also reliant on having like-minded employees who support each other.
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Math: The next revolution in black achievement
The Huffington Post
Marian Wright Edelman, the children's rights activist, calls it a "national disaster." "Children are suffering from a toxic cocktail of poverty, illiteracy, racial discrimination and massive incarceration that sentences poor boys to dead-end and hopeless lives," she said. And "black boys," she continues, "are always at the bottom of the totem pole."
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Workforce diversity is a business priority in the new year
LinkedIn
Most savvy employers understand the business case for diversity, which has been well-documented. It should be evident by now that diverse employees bring diverse ideas and viewpoints to the table which can promote positive change and spark business innovation. A diverse workforce challenges traditional and antiquated thinking with fresh, out-of-the-box business concepts.
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4 strategies to land your dream job this year
TIME
New year, new job. That's the mantra for many workers as 2015 kicks off. According to a survey by career management experts Right Management, 86 percent of workers in North America say they plan to actively look for a new job this year. Buoyed by a rapidly improving job market and strong economy, people are feeling more confident about seeking out new opportunities. The first Monday after the new year is the busiest day for job search, and January is the busiest month of the year, according to job search engine SimplyHired.
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Why it's so difficult for minority women to find mentors
Fast Company
Most people will tell you that you should have various mentors to fill different roles in your professional and personal life. But if you are a minority woman, you need at least one minority woman mentoring you. Here's why: A lot of people simply don't feel comfortable giving feedback to others who aren't like them because they don't know what to expect.
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4 leadership competencies you must know
Forbes
To start off the new year right, the following are four leadership competencies to practice daily (but not an all encompassing list). First, leaders create value. Yes, this is a very broad definition, so how you define value is key here. Value can be separated into three areas of influence: The company, the department or team and the individual.
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