Thursday, January 18, 2018

This Digital Investment Company Caters Directly To Millennials: Here's How - FORBES

by Murray Newlands 
Originally published: January 17, 2018
Publisher: Forbes.com 

Thirty-year-old Mike Katchen knew that Millennials needed a different kind of investment company than the previous generation. He and his two friends, Brett Huneycutt and Rudy Adler, had just sold their Y Combinator startup, 1000Memories, to Ancestry.com and couldn’t find an investment company that didn’t require quarterly face-to-face meetings and other archaic trappings in order to discuss their money.

That’s why they founded Wealthsimple in September 2014. Based in Toronto, they found that there was a ripe market for digital investment solutions that catered directly to Millennials. Launched in 2017 in the U.S. and the U.K., Wealthsimple has quickly taken the digital investment space by storm with their anytime one-on-one financial advice, phone-based investment control, and even a “Money Diaries” series featuring celebs (Anthony Bourdain, Kylie Jenner and Woody Harrelson have all participated, among others) and other interesting people talking candidly about their money anxieties.




How to ensure mental health support in the workplace is accessible - THE GLOBE AND MAIL

by Bill Howatt
Originally published: January 16, 2018
Publisher: GlobeandMail.com 

How committed is your organization to reducing mental health injuries or mental health issues in the workplace?

Most of us, without realizing it, will answer this question based on our degree of awareness and personal experience with our organization's policies, procedures and programming that have been developed and implemented to prevent and protect the workforce from mental health injuries (e.g., exposure to bullies) and work-related factors (e.g., workload) that negatively impact employees' mental health.

Organizations, as well as their commitment to preventing mental injuries and mental health issues, can be classified as small, medium or large. But an organization's size doesn't determine its commitment. Its readiness and its senior leadership's understanding of the business case as to why making this investment is good for business does. This includes cost saving and increases in productivity and workforce sustainability. Often, decision makers need more reason to act than that it's the right thing to do. Dollars and cents matter.



Confronting others over racist remarks has positive impact on mental health, experts suggest - INDEPENDENT

by Allison Klein 
Originally published: January 17, 2018
Publisher: Independent.co.uk 

Reports that an exasperated President Donald Trump had referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “s***hole countries” during a meeting with lawmakers last week over immigration prompted widespread condemnation. The leaders of many nations demanded that he apologise.

But what reportedly happened in that room in that moment was a high-stakes version of a dilemma faced by anyone who has heard a friend, a family member or even a stranger say something racist or objectionable: remain silent or speak up in that moment? And if opting for the latter, how to do it?

It may be easier to say nothing, but experts say it's critical to speak out in that moment - whether the offensive remarks come from the leader of the free world or from a distant cousin at a family dinner.



Ideas Sought On Improving Transition Outcomes - DISABILITY SCOOP

by Shawn Heasley 
Originally published: January 17, 2018
Publisher: DisabilityScoop.org

Federal officials are looking for ideas to help improve outcomes for young people with disabilities as they enter adulthood.

The Social Security Administration said this month that it wants to encourage brighter economic futures for transition-age youth with disabilities. And, the agency is asking the public to weigh in.

In a Federal Register notice, the agency said it is seeking input on strategies for those ages 14 to 25 who receive Supplemental Security Income.



Toronto councillor Neethan Shan calls for action against Islamophobia - CANADIAN IMMIGRANT MAGAZINE

by Kaitlin Jingco 
Originally published: January 17, 2018
Publisher: CanadianImmigrant.ca

Last week Toronto Councillor Neethan Shan issued a press release, proposing January 29 as a Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia.

In the release, Shan explained that this day was chosen as it marks the anniversary of a 2017 attack on the Centre Culturel Islamique de Qu├ębec, where a gunman opened fire at a prayer service, killing six and injuring 19.

“The national tragedy that occurred last January,” Shan says, “should serve to remind us all of the impact that Islamophobia, racism and bigotry can have on the lives of people.” 



The All-in Diversity Project – Providing a benchmark for industry diversity - SBC NEWS

 by Joe Streeter
Originally published: January 17, 2018
Publisher: SBCnews.co.uk 

With the aim of benchmarking diversity, equality and inclusion for the global betting and gaming sector, the All-in Diversity Project has been established as an industry-driven not-for-profit organisation.

In the opening year of the initiative, one of its key priorities is to establish the All-Index, which utilises solid business principles and provides a global standard index for measuring diversity within the industry.

Outlining why the initiative is so crucial to the progression of the industry, its Co-founder, Kelly Kehn emphasised the importance of “creating a level of transparency and measurability around the makeup of our workforce, as well as creating an inclusive culture, with corresponding policies for the industry as a whole.”



A look at how ThoughtWorks supports LGBTQ employees – a lesson on inclusion - DIGINOMICA

by Cath Everett 
Originally published: January 17, 2018
Publisher: Diginomica.com 


Employee engagement and how to get it right has long been a concern of employers of all stripes in order to boost staff motivation, loyalty, productivity, and, ultimately, retention rates and profitability.

But a core element of the concept from a worker’s point of view is feeling that they can be themselves in the workplace and be valued for who they are and what they do – particularly if they belong to a minority group that has long been subject to discrimination.