4 reasons why hiring disabled workers is good for business

{ object.primary_image.title }}

The pandemic has hit the disabilities community particularly hard. This founder of a startup that makes software more accessible warns that’s a major loss for your innovation. Everyone has been struck by the pandemic, but the individuals who typically fail to be taken into account in society and business have felt some of the harshest blowback of all. Diverse employees have been facing greater challenges , work-related stress, and fear for their professional futures more than non-diverse workers. A million U.S. workers with disabilities lost their jobs between March and August last year, and by the end of 2020, the unemployment rate for the community reached 12.3% —nearly double the 6.2% national average. We need to be springing into action now to make sure the most vulnerable groups in society aren’t excluded from tomorrow’s workforce. Read Full Story

Read Full Article on Fast Company

Our relationship with the food system has always been complicated. COVID-19 exposed it

{ object.primary_image.title }}

Beware false choices, warns the CEO of a century-old dairy cooperative. They’re actually false promises. Open our economy or safeguard our communities. As this debate rages, modern society’s propensity for binary thinking has come into sharp focus. The pressures put on our food system as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic—from meeting demand at grocery stores to protecting workers in essential roles—have put food system businesses center stage. It is critical that they (and all businesses) avoid the false choices emerging in the uncertain wake of COVID-19. Read Full Story

More

Diversity and Inclusion in SEO: BIPOC and LGBTQ+ SEOs Share Their Experiences

{ object.primary_image.title }}

Posted by NicoleDeLeon People around the world are having important discussions about systemic racism, overt and covert bias, and how we can all do better. Understanding the problem is the first step. To get a sense of conditions within the SEO community, we asked people to take our Diversity and Inclusion in SEO survey as part of our ongoing project to study the state of SEO . Due to the subject matter and the way we reached out, our respondents were not a snapshot of the industry as a whole. We were very pleased to have 326 SEOs complete the survey, including a significant number of female, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ participants. These are important voices that need to be heard, but as we analyzed the data, we were careful not to generalize the industry as a whole without accounting for potential sampling bias. We addressed this by looking at groups …

More

How to include workers with disabilities in your DEI initiatives

{ object.primary_image.title }}

Input from the disabled community is a critical part of any company’s inclusivity efforts. Here’s how to seek out their perspectives. The world’s largest minority group, according to the World Bank —15% of the global population (or 1 billion people)— experiences some form of disability, whether visible or invisible . Establishing the foundation for and maintaining successful diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives starts with including the world’s largest minority group. Businesses can increase their value by taking important steps to ensure members of this population are included in workplaces. Read Full Story

More

Stop Asian Hate

{ object.primary_image.title }}

Posted by SarahBird We condemn the horrific acts of hate and violence targeting the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, which culminated in the tragic mass shooting in Georgia on March 17th. We mourn the loss of life and grieve with the families that have been broken by this latest racist, misogynistic hate crime. This is not an isolated incident. We must acknowledge the widespread examples of violence and prejudice, bigotry, and intolerance that have been building for some time. We've seen attacks on elders in the Asian community. Children face bullying from peers. There has been workplace discrimination, street harassment, violence, and vandalism . Since the beginning of the pandemic, hate crimes against Asians have increased tremendously . Anti-Asian racism is not new, but it's been fueled by dangerous false rhetoric surrounding COVID-19. I challenge myself and my community to recognize the painful history of anti-Asian racism, to …

More

Employers need to address their workers’ mental health. Here are 3 ways to start

{ object.primary_image.title }}

Since the pandemic started, some workers are in crisis and could be at risk for longer-term mental health issues, which can impact business productivity, healthcare costs, and disability absence. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic fallout are creating nothing short of a mental health crisis for American workers, which isn’t surprising when you consider that more than 40 million Americans have recently lost their jobs and millions more have had their work hours or pay reduced. Of those fortunate enough to still have jobs, many are working long hours at home, away from colleagues but constantly connected through always-on digital channels and email. Others are in roles that require contact with the public and come with a higher risk of infection as a result. Read Full Story

More

The pandemic could fix the workplace gender gap (or make it wider)

{ object.primary_image.title }}

Keeping flex policies can help, but the cofounder of Fairygodboss says for post-coronavirus workplaces, business and company decisions need to be made with a “gender budgeting” mindset. There have been many conversations around how the coronavirus has provided us with an opportunity for a cultural reset and will change not only the way we work, but the fundamental ways in which we live our lives. Some of these changes will inevitably be for the better, but the pandemic also creates risk for important progress that society has made. Read Full Story

More

The coronavirus crisis will speed the end of shareholder primacy

{ object.primary_image.title }}

This moment in time has realigned the values of society and business, paving the way for stakeholder capitalism, writes Nasdaq’s global head of board engagement. We will not know the lasting effects of COVID-19 on the global business community for some time, but the immediate impact has taught us many lessons about globalism, innovation, and the value of stakeholder interests. Businesses have played a crucial role in addressing the full scope of this crisis—from maintaining important channels of communication through innovative technology, ensuring access to capital through open markets, and supporting supply chains with transportation and logistics teams deemed essential workers. Read Full Story

More

COVID-19 has been harder on women business owners. These 11 resources can help

{ object.primary_image.title }}

From offering grants to helping with loans, many organizations have mobilized to support female entrepreneurs during the global pandemic. For years female entrepreneurs have fought for their seat at the table, and they’ve made magnificent strides. A 2019 report published by American Express found that majority women-owned businesses now make up 42% of all businesses, employing 9.4 million workers—up from just 4% of businesses and 230,000 workers in the 1970s . Read Full Story

More

Subscribe to our newsletter

Join our newsletter and never miss out trending marketing news.

HitcountVariables(pk=16084, ajax_url='/api/hit/ajax/', hits='5')