Author: Stacey A. Gordon

Workplace Diversity: Seek Sustainable Change

The next time the conversation shifts to diversity in the workplace, make sure you’re speaking the same language as others. That’s the advice Stacey Gordon shared early in her session “Making Workplace Diversity W.O.R.K.” during the Association for Talent Development’s Virtual Conference: Unleash Potential. Gordon, chief diversity strategist at Rework Work, pointed out that the word diversity holds different meanings for individuals.

For some, diversity is a matter of gender. For others, it speaks to ability, age, socioeconomic status, and more. Operationalizing the term diversity is a critical starting point for organizations to ensure that everyone is truly on the same page.

“My goal in what we’re doing today is helping you to think about organizational development in a way that is going to provide your company with organizational change,” Gordon said to set the stage for her discussion.

 

Stacey Talks Unconscious Bias with Dave Crenshaw

In this brief chat with fellow LinkedIn Learning instructor and bestselling author Dave Crenshaw, I had the opportunity to provide a two-bite definition of what unconscious bias is, as well as one thing anyone can do right now to decrease and/or eradicate bias from impacting the way you perceive other people. Have a minute (or two)? Check it out.

Stacey A. Gordon First Guest on New DEI Podcast

This week I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Eliza Blanchard, the Learning and Development content manager for the Association of Talent Development (ATD). I was asked to be the inaugural guest for their new diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) podcast, a monthly program designed to feature conversations with various DEI experts to advance the work being done in the DEI field.

During our conversation, I was able to share a bit of my background, including one of the catalytic events that shifted my career path from recruiting to DEI consulting. We also discussed my Unconscious Bias course, but with the caveat that while education and awareness of our unconscious biases is important, it can’t be the end of the conversation. Education and awareness are fruitless if they aren’t followed by action, which is why I also shared a few things that hiring managers can do right now to reduce bias in their process, as well as what talent development managers can do to encourage those recruiters to sharpen and improve the way they craft job descriptions and define the “must-haves” for any position.

Check out the interview. As always, I’d love to hear your feedback!

Simply Good: Global Diversity Month

October is Global Diversity Month, a time to honor the many ways we are unique, and acknowledge how those differences make the world better.

Just as the term ‘diversity’ covers a vast breadth of differences in thought, traits, and passions, so also is our collection of articles in this month’s newsletter, since it’s also LGBTQ+ History Month as well as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Our hope is that, by perusing these articles, you are inspired to continue searching and learning about those who view the world differently than you, and how a pivot in your perspective can change everything.

Rework Work Launches New DEI Tool

We at Rework Work have been diligently working to develop a tool to help companies assess where they are in terms of cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace. I am so excited to introduce you to the final product of those efforts: the Unbias Blueprint.

In this brief video, I explain the four-phase framework of this assessment tool, which will not only help your company identify its weaknesses in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) arena, but also how and when to start remediation of those weaknesses. I also share upcoming opportunities to learn more about DEI initiatives and how to move your company from awareness to advocacy.

Let our Unbias Blueprint help you embed DEI into your company’s DNA.

Stacey Talks Career Change with Samuel Adeyinka

Evolve Your Success founder Samuel Adeyinka sat down with me this week to talk about the dynamics of making a career change. Although Evolve Your Success focuses on connecting people with careers in the medical sales field, Samuel shares the top three things that candidates need to focus on across the board when looking to alter their career path.

We also discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced more people to rely on social media, providing a golden opportunity for both candidates and recruiters to give themselves a real presence and expand their network. Samuel and I offer up tips and effective strategies for how to prepare for interviews and the importance of networking the right way.

If you’re considering a career change, you can’t miss this interview. Also check out my LinkedIn Learning Course, “Making a Career Change” for additional resources to help you move forward.

Simply Good: Celebrating Diversity in September

Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year, is considered one of the holiest days in the Jewish culture. Meaning “head of the year,” Rosh Hashanah commemorates God’s creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of reflection and repentance that culminates in Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement.

These “High Holy Days” are steeped in symbolic elements and rituals that go all the way back to the time of Moses. The more I learn about these traditions the more I see their relevance, even for those of us who aren’t Jewish. Who wouldn’t benefit from intentionally setting aside time to be grateful, reflective and to make amends where we need to?

September is also Hispanic Heritage Month, a commemoration established in 1988 to celebrate the history and influence of Hispanic Americans. Although events and festivities will look different this year, many places across the nation (and even the world) have developed creative and engaging ways to pay tribute to Hispanic culture.

We hope that you enjoy this month’s selection of articles. By growing in our understanding and appreciation of these diverse cultures, we are given an opportunity to see the world in a new way. With all that 2020 has brought us thus far, who couldn’t use a fresh set of lenses?

Stacey Talks Political Correctness with LaVada English

LaVada English and I took time this week to have a comfortable conversation about uncomfortable conversations. LaVada is the owner of L English Consulting, a coaching and consulting firm that helps organizations develop cultural transformation strategies. In this episode, LaVada and I talk about political correctness, the power of the media, and how organizations can approach real change to build a legacy worth leaving.

In the current climate, honest discussions about race and diversity are being quickly dismissed for fear of “getting too political.” However, these issues are not of a political nature, but a human one. LaVada delves into how the media not only propagates this divide, but also intentionally uses it to deflect focus from the real issues. We also exchange ideas about how to develop a questioning attitude when it comes to what we see, enabling us to, “think above the fray.”

Finally, we talk diversity and inclusion in the workplace, highlighting key questions that organizational leaders should ask themselves long before bringing in a D&I consultant, and why it’s important to know and understand our country’s history with racism. As 2020 finds us repeating behaviors and responses from the 1960s, LaVada calls us to the mat with this challenge: Are we going to allow ourselves to go back to sleep when we have an opportunity to seek greater understanding?

The 10 Most Popular Courses Job Seekers Need to Watch

Looking for a new job during the pandemic can feel like a massive undertaking. We want to lighten the load. If you’re on the hunt for a new job, this list is for you. 

While typical skills like resume building and personal branding appear on this year’s list, those skills are not the ones topping the charts. Professionals looking for a job are watching courses that focus on skills like Strategic Thinking (#1 on the list), as well as Python, project management, and Excel—hard skills that are still essential in our new world of work.

Use our list of most-watched courses among job seekers to prioritize what you’re learning today and stand out in a tough job market. You can watch them for free until September 30, 2020. 


8. Writing a Resume

Instructor: Stacey A. Gordon

Course description: Finding a great job starts with writing a great resume that speaks to your personal and professional strengths. This course provides guidance on every aspect of writing a resume, and also offers a few extra job search tips such as identifying companies to work for and determining fit. 

Methodology: Based on global data from the LinkedIn Learning platform from July 1, 2019 through June 30 2020, among members identified as job seekers. Top courses are based on the number of unique learners.

View the full list on the LinkedIn Learning blog.

Stacey Talks Ageism with Vaughan Emsley

Generational marketing expert Vaughan Emsley joined me this week to discuss the somewhat-forgotten workplace bias of age discrimination. Vaughan is co-founder of Flipside, an agency that focuses on marketing to the 50 and older demographic. In our discussion, he shares data regarding the wealthiest group of individuals in the United States today (the 50+ crowd) and the companies that are unable to connect with them because of the exclusion of those same individuals on their creative teams.

Ageism is a conscious bias that permeates the marketplace from entry-to corporate-level positions and, many times goes unreported by those who experience it. In this interview, Vaughan sheds light on the causes of ageist recruiting—why businesses are exchanging institutional experience for youth, as well as strategies to enable older job seekers to effectively communicate their value and relevant expertise.

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