Friday, June 23, 2017

Should older academics be forced to retire? - CHEMISTRY WORLD

Originally published: June 21, 2017

Why some universities are requiring staff to step down

Diversity used to bring to mind initiatives about encouraging more women to take up science. But increasingly, following changes to the retirement age and faced with an increasingly older UK workforce, chemists are starting to pay attention to ageism in the workplace.

Around 30% of the UK workforce is currently aged 50 or over. In 2010, the Equality Act made it unlawful to discriminate against employees or job seekers due to a set of protected characteristics, including age. This was followed in 2011 by additional legislation which abolished the compulsory retirement age. For those managing academic departments, this meant a new way of working.

EY executive urges workplace leaders to value diversity - WINDY CITY MEDIA GROUP

by David Thill
Originally published: June 21, 2017

Beth Brooke-Marciniak's decision to publicly come out as lesbian in 2011 made her one of the most senior out executives in the world at the time. But for Brooke-Marciniak, EY's ( formerly Ernst and Young ) global vice chair of public policy and the company's global sponsor of diversity and inclusiveness efforts, the decision wasn't about getting publicity. For her, it was simply about being honest. Brooke-Marciniak—a former Purdue University basketball player, who was awarded the NCAA's 2017 Theodore Roosevelt Award and has been named on Forbes's list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" nine times—told her story to an audience at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on May 24, part of the 2017 Great Place to Work conference.

It happened on a plane, she said. Brooke-Marciniak ( at the time, just Brooke ) began with EY in 1981, and in 1990 became the company's first female partner in Indiana. Now, in 2011, EY's inclusiveness director had invited Brooke-Marciniak to offer the closing remarks in a video the company was making to support the "It Gets Better" campaign by The Trevor Project, the national suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ youth.

On her plane ride, as Brooke-Marciniak read over the speech her team had prepared for her—presented from the perspective of a straight executive—she thought to herself, "That's just not what I would say if I was being honest." So, she wrote her own script for the video, not only acknowledging her sexuality, but passing on the message to LGBTQ teenagers that they needed to feel valuable "because of their difference, not in spite of it."

Office politics: The importance of deliberate practice, inclusion and diversity - VIRTUAL COLLEGE

by Alex Bateman 
Originally published: June 21, 2017

Diversity and inclusion are not only beneficial to employees but also to businesses as a whole. Here we look at why you need to be considering them.

The traditional workplace is changing. Cultured and diverse workforces are becoming a key element to successful businesses, as they no longer become a PR stunt to improve company image but are instead now a commitment to positive change. A diverse workplace not only provides benefits for employees but also encourages strong business gains.

There seems to be no valid argument against creating diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The majority of chief executives and business leaders acknowledge evidence backed by studies that show return on investment (ROI) in a diverse workplace is huge.

Women ‘Not Hired’ By Third Of Top Car Dealers - CHOICE QUOTE

Originally published: June 22, 2017

A third of the top performing car dealers on Auto Trader have never hired women to work within their sales team, according to new research commissioned by the online classified website.

According to, a survey of 70 dealers revealed that gender diversity remains a significant issue within the car dealer sector, with less than a quarter currently hiring a woman for their sales team and a third having never hired a woman.

The report argues that having greater gender diversity in the workplace can boost the performance of staff, heighten engagement, help to grow reputation, increase employee retention and even help to provide a greater variety of perspectives when it comes to planning a company’s future.

Tech startups founded by women have twice the number of female employees - INFORUM

by Makeda Easter
Originally published: June 21, 2017

Startups with at least one female founder wind up building companies where nearly half the staff are women, a new study finds.

With an average of 48 percent female workers, women-led firms have nearly twice the industry average and outpace some of the nation's largest tech companies in gender diversity including Google (31 percent), Facebook (33 percent) and Uber (36 percent), according to the study by online startup investing platform FundersClub that surveyed 85 U.S.-based tech startups.

Alex Mittal, co-founder and chief executive of FundersClub, said startups are key to addressing gender diversity in the workplace because the ones that succeed may someday be massive companies. (The majority of startups surveyed had fewer than 20 employees). They "have the potential to become huge—they're great agents for change," said Mittal, a co-author of the study.

Diversity and Data Mastery the Key Global Mobility Challenges in 2017 and beyond - HR NEWS

Originally published: June 22, 2017

RES Forum, the leading independent community for global mobility professionals with more than 1300 members from over 650 organisations in 40 countries releases their annual report on global mobility challenges.

Age diversity and how companies are exploiting – or not – the benefits from the identification and visualisation of global mobility information are just two of the key challenges facing global mobility (GM) professionals according to the 2017 Annual Report from RES Forum, the world’s largest and most active independent community for GM professionals.

Written by Professor Michael Dickmann, Professor of International Human Resource Management at Cranfield University School of Management, the Annual Report – the sixth from The RES Forum – looks in depth at the most relevant HR challenges facing the GM function today.

University of Toronto to hold graduation ceremony today for black students - GLOBAL NEWS

by Michelle McQuigge
Originally published: June 22, 2017

Organizers of a graduation ceremony for black students at Canada’s largest university say the event is meant to acknowledge the barriers that remain for people of colour pursuing academia.

The ceremony is being held Thursday at the University of Toronto after two students took it upon themselves to organize the event for black students completing degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

While the event is organized and run by students, it is going ahead on campus with the university’s blessing and financial support.