Super Straights: Offensive or Oppressed?

Last night, a new hashtag sullied my Twitter feed: #SuperStraight. I was trying to find the best way to watch the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras at the time. It was obvious to me this wasn’t going to be about something positive.

When Bias Is Coded Into Our Technology

Facial recognition systems from large tech companies often incorrectly classify black women as male — including the likes of Michelle Obama, Serena Williams and Sojourner Truth. That’s according to Joy Buolamwini, whose research caught wide attention in 2018 with “AI, Ain’t I a Woman?” a spoken-word piece based on her findings at MIT Media Lab.

Workplace Discrimination Against Transgender People is Against the Law.

The landmark Supreme Court case Bostock v. Clayton County, decided on June 15, 2020, clarified that federal law prohibits anti-transgender discrimination in employment. This decision was built on many victories in recent years, wherein courts and federal agencies had increasingly taken the view that job discrimination against transgender people is prohibited by existing laws against sex discrimination.

Violence Against Women

The United Nations defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”

How the Remote Work Era Impacts Your 2021 DEI Efforts

Before remote work became so prevalent, it was possible to keep real-world events and conversations out of the workplace. Now that’s not only impossible; it’s also increasingly inadvisable. Events in your employees’ personal lives undoubtedly affect the workplace—not only on a personal performance level, but also on a company culture level. Add in ongoing issues of racial inequality and police brutality and the expectation is clear.

The ABCs of DEI

Many businesses faced a call for action in 2020 to clearly state their positions on the social justice and civil rights issues of the day. This has left employers wondering how best to respond, particularly if they haven’t done so in the past. There are many best, or even good, practices for cultivating a workplace that promotes a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) while also supporting manufacturers’ overall business objectives.

How Your Digital Workplace Design Can Support Psychological Safety

An atmosphere of psychological safety is essential for organizations who seek to foster innovative, happy, resilient teams. Members of psychologically safe teams and organizations are comfortable sharing ideas and doubts, trying new things and requesting feedback, knowing that their candor and enthusiasm will not negatively impact their careers.

DEI Work Is More Important Than Ever. But How Do We Do It Remotely?

Widespread protests, sparked by the killings of Black people at the hands of police, have led to a global conversation on racial discrimimination. Many companies have shown their support through blast emails and social media posts. But how can they go from words to actions and meaningfully foster diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) after many rapidly converted to operating remotely due to COVID-19?

APTMetrics Shifts Workforce DEI Conversations From Why to How

APTMetrics today announced that HBR.org has posted an update to a 2002 article entitled “ Dear White Boss… ” The update, entitled “ What Has — and Hasn’t — Changed Since “Dear White Boss…,” was co-authored by Keith Caver, Vice President, Leadership Assessment and Development at APTMetrics.

Is Your C-Suite Equipped to Lead a Digital Transformation?

The pandemic has rapidly accelerated many companies digital efforts, but do they have the right executives in place to lead this sort of transformation? To answer this question, the authors analyzed more than 100 search specifications for C-suite positions in Fortune 1000 companies across a broad range of industries.