How to set effective workplace harrassment policies

As Amy Polefrone prepared to deliver another round of Respectful Workplace training, she braced herself for the inevitable quip. But for the first time in 28 years, it didn’t come. That’s when she knew change may finally be starting to take hold.

“For the first time, no one said to me, ‘Oh, sexual harassment training — so, you’re going to teach me how to harass someone? Yuk yuk, ha ha ha.’ And that’s when I knew that these movements — #TimesUp and #MeToo — had started to really make an impact,” says Polefrone, president and CEO of HR Strategy Group. “I’ve seen more change in the public narrative in the last four or five months than I’ve seen in the 28 years I’ve been doing this.”

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As Amy Polefrone prepared to deliver another round of Respectful Workplace training, she braced herself for the inevitable quip. But for the first time in 28 years, it didn’t come. That’s when she knew change may finally be starting to take hold.

“For the first time, no one said to me, ‘Oh, sexual harassment training — so, you’re going to teach me how to harass someone? Yuk yuk, ha ha ha.’ And that’s when I knew that these movements — #TimesUp and #MeToo — had started to really make an impact,” says Polefrone, president and CEO of HR Strategy Group. “I’ve seen more change in the public narrative in the last four or five months than I’ve seen in the 28 years I’ve been doing this.”

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Will a shareholders’ revolt make Silicon Valley more socially conscious?

In 2016 and 2017, Apple shareholder Tony Maldonado submitted a shareholder proposal asking that Apple “adopt an accelerated recruitment policy … to increase the diversity of senior management and its board of directors.”

As The Verge reported a year ago, “If approved, Apple would have to prioritize diversity at the top levels of its organization. How exactly it accomplishes that, and on what timeline, would be entirely up to Apple — but it’d have to do something. Maldonado says that could include tying executive pay to diversity goals, as Intel and Microsoft have done, or adopting a board refreshment policy, requiring the company to regularly explore potential new board members from diverse backgrounds.”

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In 2016 and 2017, Apple shareholder Tony Maldonado submitted a shareholder proposal asking that Apple "adopt an accelerated recruitment policy ... to increase the diversity of senior management and its board of directors."

As The Verge reported a year ago, “If approved, Apple would have to prioritize diversity at the top levels of its organization. How exactly it accomplishes that, and on what timeline, would be entirely up to Apple — but it'd have to do something. Maldonado says that could include tying executive pay to diversity goals, as Intel and Microsoft have done, or adopting a board refreshment policy, requiring the company to regularly explore potential new board members from diverse backgrounds.”

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The one major downside of employee referrals

Ask most any hiring manager or HR pro and they’ll tell you that referrals from current employees make the best hires. But new research from cloud compensation software and solutions provider PayScale reveals there’s a hidden downside to referrals that you might not be aware of.

Positive engagement

The reasons referrals make good hires are fairly evident. After all, they are already likely familiar with your products and services, as well as your mission and company culture. They’re also likely to be more engaged, loyal and productive. But how true is that, really?

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Ask most any hiring manager or HR pro and they’ll tell you that referrals from current employees make the best hires. But new research from cloud compensation software and solutions provider PayScale reveals there’s a hidden downside to referrals that you might not be aware of.

Positive engagement

The reasons referrals make good hires are fairly evident. After all, they are already likely familiar with your products and services, as well as your mission and company culture. They’re also likely to be more engaged, loyal and productive. But how true is that, really?

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Chasing Grace Project highlights women in technology

Jennifer Cloer has been a “storyteller” in the IT industry since the late 1990s. She was one of the original team members at the Linux foundation and became a prominent voice in the open source community, helping to distill complex concepts into easy-to-understand language and bring the ideas behind Linux to a wider audience and greater adoption. She’s even worked with Linus Torvalds himself.

Now, she’s using her talents to share real stories of women in technology and help bring greater awareness and understanding to the complexities of being a woman in tech.

In September 2016, she realized a lifelong dream with the launch of her own PR firm and IT consultancy, reTHINKit PR, right around the time the issues of diversity and inclusion in tech — or lack thereof — finally began to dominate the discourse.

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Jennifer Cloer has been a “storyteller” in the IT industry since the late 1990s. She was one of the original team members at the Linux foundation and became a prominent voice in the open source community, helping to distill complex concepts into easy-to-understand language and bring the ideas behind Linux to a wider audience and greater adoption. She’s even worked with Linus Torvalds himself.

Now, she’s using her talents to share real stories of women in technology and help bring greater awareness and understanding to the complexities of being a woman in tech.

In September 2016, she realized a lifelong dream with the launch of her own PR firm and IT consultancy, reTHINKit PR, right around the time the issues of diversity and inclusion in tech — or lack thereof — finally began to dominate the discourse.

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Chasing Grace Project highlights women in technology

Jennifer Cloer has been a “storyteller” in the IT industry since the late 1990s. She was one of the original team members at the Linux foundation and became a prominent voice in the open source community, helping to distill complex concepts into easy-to-understand language and bring the ideas behind Linux to a wider audience and greater adoption. She’s even worked with Linus Torvalds himself.

Now, she’s using her talents to share real stories of women in technology and help bring greater awareness and understanding to the complexities of being a woman in tech.

In September 2016, she realized a lifelong dream with the launch of her own PR firm and IT consultancy, reTHINKit PR, right around the time the issues of diversity and inclusion in tech — or lack thereof — finally began to dominate the discourse.

To read this article in full, please click here

Jennifer Cloer has been a “storyteller” in the IT industry since the late 1990s. She was one of the original team members at the Linux foundation and became a prominent voice in the open source community, helping to distill complex concepts into easy-to-understand language and bring the ideas behind Linux to a wider audience and greater adoption. She’s even worked with Linus Torvalds himself.

Now, she’s using her talents to share real stories of women in technology and help bring greater awareness and understanding to the complexities of being a woman in tech.

In September 2016, she realized a lifelong dream with the launch of her own PR firm and IT consultancy, reTHINKit PR, right around the time the issues of diversity and inclusion in tech — or lack thereof — finally began to dominate the discourse.

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Why your company needs a CHRO

Uber. Binary Capital. Google. SoFi. These are just four high-profile HR disasters that devastated victims of harassment and negatively impacted each company’s brand, morale, engagement, and ability to attract and retain talent.

While responsibility for the atrocious behavior behind these headlines lies with the perpetrators and those who enabled, facilitated and covered up these toxic incidents and hostile workplace cultures, a more strategic, better empowered HR department with C-suite representation could have helped. But according to research from HR software technology firm Namely, of 1,000 midsize organizations surveyed, only 7 percent have an HR executive in the C-suite.

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Uber. Binary Capital. Google. SoFi. These are just four high-profile HR disasters that devastated victims of harassment and negatively impacted each company’s brand, morale, engagement, and ability to attract and retain talent.

While responsibility for the atrocious behavior behind these headlines lies with the perpetrators and those who enabled, facilitated and covered up these toxic incidents and hostile workplace cultures, a more strategic, better empowered HR department with C-suite representation could have helped. But according to research from HR software technology firm Namely, of 1,000 midsize organizations surveyed, only 7 percent have an HR executive in the C-suite.

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Why your company needs a CHRO

Uber. Binary Capital. Google. SoFi. These are just four high-profile HR disasters that devastated victims of harassment and negatively impacted each company’s brand, morale, engagement, and ability to attract and retain talent.

While responsibility for the atrocious behavior behind these headlines lies with the perpetrators and those who enabled, facilitated and covered up these toxic incidents and hostile workplace cultures, a more strategic, better empowered HR department with C-suite representation could have helped. But according to research from HR software technology firm Namely, of 1,000 midsize organizations surveyed, only 7 percent have an HR executive in the C-suite.

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Uber. Binary Capital. Google. SoFi. These are just four high-profile HR disasters that devastated victims of harassment and negatively impacted each company’s brand, morale, engagement, and ability to attract and retain talent.

While responsibility for the atrocious behavior behind these headlines lies with the perpetrators and those who enabled, facilitated and covered up these toxic incidents and hostile workplace cultures, a more strategic, better empowered HR department with C-suite representation could have helped. But according to research from HR software technology firm Namely, of 1,000 midsize organizations surveyed, only 7 percent have an HR executive in the C-suite.

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Top technical skills that will get you hired in 2018

Top soft and technical skills that will get you hired
Top technical skills that'll get you hired in 2018

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Landing a new job in a tight talent market’s never easy, but certain technical skills can smooth the way, especially if they’re in high demand.

To help you get the pulse on what employers are looking for, we’ve compiled the following list of technical skills that have been growing fastest in demand by employers going into 2018, based on research from job search platform Indeed.

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Top soft and technical skills that will get you hired
Top technical skills that'll get you hired in 2018

Image by Thinkstock

Landing a new job in a tight talent market's never easy, but certain technical skills can smooth the way, especially if they’re in high demand.

To help you get the pulse on what employers are looking for, we’ve compiled the following list of technical skills that have been growing fastest in demand by employers going into 2018, based on research from job search platform Indeed.

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Top technical skills that will get you hired in 2018

Top soft and technical skills that will get you hired
Top technical skills that'll get you hired in 2018

Image by Thinkstock

Landing a new job in a tight talent market’s never easy, but certain technical skills can smooth the way, especially if they’re in high demand.

To help you get the pulse on what employers are looking for, we’ve compiled the following list of technical skills that have been growing fastest in demand by employers going into 2018, based on research from job search platform Indeed.

To read this article in full, please click here

Top soft and technical skills that will get you hired
Top technical skills that'll get you hired in 2018

Image by Thinkstock

Landing a new job in a tight talent market's never easy, but certain technical skills can smooth the way, especially if they’re in high demand.

To help you get the pulse on what employers are looking for, we’ve compiled the following list of technical skills that have been growing fastest in demand by employers going into 2018, based on research from job search platform Indeed.

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How VR can improve anti-harassment training

Remember your company’s last sexual harassment training? It’s understandable if the answer is no; these trainings are outdated and ineffective. Most studies show that training is based on content from the 1980s and the 1990s, and even that’s focused on how to avoid litigation – not on actual strategies for preventing harassment in the first place.

Other studies show that sexual harassment didn’t decline in organizations that provided training. In fact, this article from Psychology Today that looked at various studies over the years found:

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Remember your company’s last sexual harassment training? It’s understandable if the answer is no; these trainings are outdated and ineffective. Most studies show that training is based on content from the 1980s and the 1990s, and even that’s focused on how to avoid litigation – not on actual strategies for preventing harassment in the first place.

Other studies show that sexual harassment didn’t decline in organizations that provided training. In fact, this article from Psychology Today that looked at various studies over the years found:

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