Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Number of female professors in Canada up 28 per cent in six years - TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION

by  Ellie Bothwell
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The proportion of female teaching staff at Canadian universities has increased by 9 per cent in the past six years, primarily due to a large increase in the number of female professors, according to new data.

Women accounted for almost 40 per cent of full-time academic teaching staff at Canadian universities in 2016-17, up from 36.6 per cent in 2010-11, new figures from Statistics Canada show.

The increase was owed to a 28.3 per cent rise in the number of female full professors and an 18.2 per cent rise in the number of female associate professors, although the number of female assistant professors fell by 12 per cent.

Employer bias is undermining business innovation and potential says OU - WORKPLACE INSIGHT

by Sara Bean 
Originally published: December 12, 2017

Over a quarter of senior managers hire people just like them, and this bias is still rife in some organisations, according to new market research commissioned by The Open University. The study amongst business leaders and employees finds that three in 10 (29 percent) senior managers admit they hire people just like them, and warns employers may be overlooking candidates from different social and educational backgrounds, impacting access to talent, and hindering business innovation and performance as a result. Employers place significant importance on educational attainment (86 percent), cultural fit (77 percent), tastes and leisure pursuits (65 percent), and even social background (61 percent). Considering the typical social make up of managers, this raises concerns about diversity, a key driver of innovation, and hints at a glass ceiling for those from less privileged backgrounds, with the re-enforcement of the historical class system. The issue is prevalent in both recruitment and employment, with bias creating a ‘degree premium’, particularly at entry level.

More than half (55 percent) of managers would not be willing to take on employees without a degree and train them up in the skills required, which puts the minimum entry requirement out of reach for many.

Most tech professionals satisfied, but the millennials want more pay - CIO DIVE

by Samantha Ann Schwartz
Originally published: December 12, 2017

Dive Brief:

  • The average salary of IT professionals is about $60,000 but 68% of millennials in the workforce believe they are underpaid, according to a Spiceworks report of about 2,100 respondents from North America and Europe. Still, 70% of respondents are satisfied with their job.
  • Approximately one-third of IT professionals are planning on looking for another IT job while over half are expecting a salary increase from their current employer in 2018.
  • As far as demand is concerned, cybersecurity, networking and expertise in infrastructure hardware are the most sought after skills. Currently, only about one-fourth of cybersecurity professionals possess "advance" expertise, according to the report. 

Toronto library bars hate groups from renting space - TORONTO STAR

by Samantha Beattie 
Originally published: December 11, 2017

The Toronto library board unanimously approved restrictions that will prevent groups from renting library space to promote discrimination or hate.

Library staff can now deny or cancel bookings they believe are “likely to promote, or would have the effect of promoting discrimination, contempt or hatred of any group, hatred for any person” based on race, ethnicity, colour, language, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, among other factors, according to a staff report.

“Be bold, be courageous. Reject hate, embrace diversity,” Bernie Farber, a former CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress, told the board during a meeting at the reference library on Monday night. “Your policy sends a very strong statement that the library will not be a comfortable living room for white supremacists.”

How workplaces evolve when they become disabilities-friendly - YOUR STORY

by Sourav Roy 
Originally published: December 12, 2017

In line with our previous attempts of chronicling journeys of the specially-abled, and build dialogue around inclusion and accessibility; SocialStory, a vertical of YourStory organised a month-long campaign on making India inclusive.

The campaign discussed various issues around accessibility and invited leaders and change-makers to share their views and opinions on the subject.

As part of the Inclusive India campaign, we also partnered up with organisations like Sarthak Educational Trust, Enable India, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People, among others, whose efforts have played a significant role in paving way for a more inclusive society.

How to cultivate and capitalize on diversity of thought in the workplace - BUSINESS JOURNAL

by Sunil Kasturi 
Originally published: December 12, 2017

Disruption has become the norm in business today, and being able to see what’s coming next has never been more important.

Researchers have found that a diverse workforce delivers a competitive advantage, but diversity remains a challenge for corporate America. Studies have shown that employers tend to hire people who are similar to them in culture and experience. Less than 1 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are black, 4 percent are women and even fewer are openly gay.

Nonhomogeneous teams are simply smarter, researchers have found. They process facts more carefully and question their own assumptions, enabling them to see around corners to the next market disruptor. Diversity, however, goes far beyond what’s visible, and embracing true diversity requires a new approach to hiring, managing and retaining teams and to the process of problem solving and decision making.

Women Leadership in the Worldwide Business Community - ONREC

Originally published: December 12, 2017

The statistics show that more and more women are succeeding in the business world. However, recent studies show that women still have a long way to go to achieve parity with men.

International Women's Day, which is celebrated every March, is a chance for the business world to sit back and review the successes and experiences that women experience in the international business community. It was set aside as a time to review the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women worldwide and reflect on the experiences that lay ahead.

These future trials are formidable if the data presented during the 2016 Women's Day is accurate.