Tag: Diversity

Simply Good: Change The World

Happy New Year!

So far 2021 feels a lot like 2020, Volume 2. In prior years, we spent our Januaries starting new wellness routines and committing to writing that great American novel. This year, we’re just hoping to send our kids back to school or dine out without a mask.

Yes, because of our current circumstances, our goals will look different this year, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Maybe this year is less about what you set out to accomplish, and more about how you inspire others.

Your world, your country, your neighbors—they’re all looking for bright spots in this dark continuum. What can you do to empower, build-up and support those in your circle of influence? When we look at our skills and resources in this new light, it changes the way we see the world, and expands the ways we can impact it. 

All of our articles this month tell of high-impact stories that all started somewhere small. Every revolutionary movement started with an observation, an idea and a question: “What can I do about it?” We hope this collection inspires you and spurs you on to inspire others in 2021.

 

Simply Good: Year In Review

What. A. Year.

Of course, I don’t have to tell you that. We’ve all walked through a global pandemic, social unrest, economic crisis, and a highly-charged and divisive presidential election. When 2020 makes it into our history books, it will no doubt be a lengthy chapter.

However, we get to choose what posture we’ll take moving forward. We can dwell in the muck and the mire of an unprecedented year, or we can reflect on the goodness, tenacity, and revolutionary changes that have resulted from, or in spite of, these unfathomable circumstances. 

We at Rework Work are choosing the latter, which is why we’ve collected Simply Good’s top 10 articles of 2020. These stories are great reminders that trials can produce perseverance based on how we handle them, and with perseverance we can do powerful things.

 

YNG BLK HR Podcast: Rework Work

Biases, Butchered Decisions, and Poor Hiring Choices Oh MY! This week’s episode features Stacey Gordon, Founder and Chief Diversity Strategist of ReWork Work. Sometimes, do you ever think to yourself “throw the whole organization away!”? This week’s conversations center around the biases within the hiring, selection processes, DEI, and more.

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.

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.

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 A. Gordon Talks Diversity, Inclusion and Careers With Creighton Taylor

This week I was joined by Creighton Taylor, founder and CEO of Guided Compass, a technology platform that he fondly refers to as “eHarmony for students and employers.”

Creighton and the Guided Compass team have developed a systematic approach that matches students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds with resources, tools, and opportunities in a vast array of industries. 

Never before has there been a better time for people to make their own path. Unfortunately, issues of access still create a chasm between individuals and the means to do just that. In this interview, Creighton and I discuss how Guided Compass and other organizations are working to bridge that gap by providing tools and resources (often free or low-cost) to help people upskill and enter the career path of their choosing. 

Creighton also shares a practical experiment that he believes will not only help companies understand the foundational benefits of a diverse workforce, but will also provide valuable data that helps other businesses and industries move forward in developing a culture of trust and inclusion in their own workplaces.

Stacey A. Gordon Talks With Erica Moore-Burton, Esq.

This week I had the chance to talk with Erica Moore-Burton, Esq., founder of Round Hill Legal Search, a Los Angeles legal services placement firm. For more than 16 years, Erica and her team have connected a vast network of legal firms with highly-qualified candidates to fill a wide range of legal positions.

In this video, Erica discusses the specific challenges that underrepresented minorities, especially women of color, face in the legal services industry. She also provides a fresh and innovative approach to the interview process, one that enables candidates to present their best selves without battling misconceptions before they even sit down.

Many firms are looking more closely at their employment metrics and how to retain diverse individuals, but the work of increasing awareness and changing perspectives is ongoing. I believe that there’s something different about the current environment, that the call for diversity and inclusion is resonating more than before. When people look back on this moment in history, what will they say about your company’s response?

Stacey A. Gordon Talks With Guest Niani Tolbert

Recently I had the opportunity to chat with Niani Tolbert, founder of the Hire Black initiative. What started as a Juneteenth commitment to provide resume review sessions for 19 black women has quickly evolved into large-scale allyship development among hundreds of recruiters and thousands of applicants. 

At this point in our history, companies are earnestly taking a hard look at their processes to identify where systematic exclusion is present. In this video, Niani provides practical ideas that recruiters and interviewers can implement TODAY to amplify diversity and inclusion in their hiring processes.

Niani also makes an exciting, first-time announcement in regards to the future of the Hire Black initiative!