You’re ‘doing diversity’ wrong again. Here are 5 ways to get it right

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Blend’s head of diversity, inclusion, and belonging points out that months after the onslaught of corporate solidarity statements and new job postings, we can effectively say that companies are doing diversity wrong all over again. The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic drove many companies to close open jobs and cut staff. At a time when most companies needed to figure out how to transition to a virtual environment—ensuring that employees maintained social connection and a sense of belonging—we, unfortunately, saw many diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) roles slashed. But the murder of George Floyd and countless other Black Americans fueled a nationwide reckoning with race that was felt across the corporate world and sparked a resurgence in DEI roles. In fact, Glassdoor reported that after dropping 60% at the start of the outbreak, DEI roles have since jumped a staggering 55%. Read Full Story

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5 strategies to ensure fair pay so the wage gap doesn’t widen post-COVID

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The VP of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Indeed says to create truly inclusive workplaces where people feel valued for their contributions, employers should take a hard look at their current employees’ salaries. COVID-19 has impacted workers around the globe, especially those who are in lower-paid essential roles and women. We know over the course of the pandemic many women chose to leave their jobs in order to take on caregiving responsibilities because their occupations or roles paid less than men. Then there is a gender wage gap that is much wider for women of color. If we let it persist we risk setting back gender equality and the progress we have made so far. Read Full Story

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

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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 …

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4 leadership opportunities that encourage inclusion in the future of remote work

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The VP of diversity, inclusion, and belonging at Indeed says that D&I professionals can help bridge the gap between the past and the future of work if they focus on these areas. People increasingly want to support and work for companies with values that align with their own. This trend has led to growing interest in and awareness of the importance of hiring for diversity and inclusion (D&I) roles. While this hiring trend has been well established in a handful of sectors for years, it continues to grow in popularity across all industries. Read Full Story

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How to combat racism and prejudice at work during the COVID-19 crisis

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The vice president of diversity, inclusion, and belonging at Indeed observes that while society works to ensure the safety and well-being of others, we also need to acknowledge and address the xenophobia that’s accompanied the spread of COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly changed the lives of millions globally, leaving many feeling anxious about what the future holds in the coming days, weeks, and months ahead. It is an upsetting time, filled with uncertainty and doubt. Routines have been upended, economic structures have been destabilized, and companies have been turned upside down, adjusting to new ways of working and figuring out best practices for keeping their workforce connected and safe. Read Full Story

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Why showing up as a ‘comrade’ is the first step to inclusion in a remote environment

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The CEO of tech brand, Holler, emphasizes it is individual efforts from all levels of a company that will lead to lasting diversity and inclusion progress. At last serious conversations around corporate diversity are happening. According to McKinsey & Company , the U.S. spends $8 billion on diversity training every year, but we are far from reaching systemic equity. Business leaders are assessing their internal company processes and trying to move toward more diverse and inclusive practices. Read Full Story

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How Corporate Branding Translates Into Actual Sales

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When you hear the phrase corporate branding, you might think of industry titans—car companies, ubiquitous hotel chains, and fast food arches. Despite this association, corporate branding applies to businesses of all sizes, not just the giants with unlimited marketing budgets. To better understand the role corporate branding plays, I’ve broken down the impact of corporate branding to help you know how it can drive your business forward, no matter how big or small your business is. What Is Corporate Branding and Why Is It Important? Think of your favorite brand (or one you interact with regularly.) What comes to mind? Do you think of their tagline? The logo? The color palette? The chosen ambassador? These assets, among many others, are what make up corporate branding . Corporate branding is the outward projection of a brand’s mission and culture in colors, logo, tone, and design. A successful corporate brand encompasses an …

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‘Standing in the gap’: One part of allyship that gets overlooked

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LinkedIn’s senior global program manager of diversity, inclusion, and belonging says, “Standing in the gap means to speak up and speak out, particularly into the spaces where I/we cannot reach. Moreover, it’s a commitment to sticking with it over time.” After a hellish week of grappling with the emotional trauma of more senseless murders of black men and women, I’ve finally mustered up enough energy to speak my truth. Read Full Story

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‘Standing in the gap’: One part of allyship that gets overlooked

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LinkedIn’s senior global program manager of diversity, inclusion, and belonging says, “Standing in the gap means to speak up and speak out, particularly into the spaces where I/we cannot reach. Moreover, it’s a commitment to sticking with it over time.” After a hellish week of grappling with the emotional trauma of more senseless murders of black men and women, I’ve finally mustered up enough energy to speak my truth. Read Full Story

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This is what Black professionals say they need most to succeed at work

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LinkedIn’s vice president of Global Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging hopes that insights from the company’s most recent inclusion report will spark necessary change in all workplaces. Black History Month (BHM) is a time to recognize the trailblazing contributions the Black community has made in the U.S. It’s also a necessary time to reflect on our history, progress made, and the important steps we must take to help create a more equitable society. Read Full Story

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