The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed the first discrimination lawsuits on behalf of LGBT employees. Only 19 states have laws protecting them. EEOC has garnered $6.5 million over the past three years in monetary relief for workers who filed discrimination complaints and persuaded companies to change their policies.
The Economist created an interactive graphic showing globally where women have the best chances of equal treatment at work. It combines data on higher education, labor force participation, pay, childcare costs, maternity rights, business school applications and representation in senior jobs.
Since 2006, an extra quarter of a billion women have entered the labor force, but their annual pay now equals the amount men were earning 10 years ago. More women enroll at university in 97 countries, but they are the majority of skilled workers in only 68 and the majority of leaders in only 4. Progress in the economic and political realms are self-reinforcing; quotas have been shown to have broader positive effects.
Study of open source code repository site GitHub finds women coders outperform men - only when their gender is not identifiable, replicating the results of resume studies. The researchers looked at the acceptance rate of suggestions for fixes to existing code. Women’s fixes were accepted more than men’s for all top-10 languages. However, when gender was identifiable, their acceptance rate dropped from 72% to 62.5%.
Advice from tech leaders on hiring and retaining women developers: keep job descriptions about actual requirements and gender-neutral; have gender-balanced interview panels; provide mentors and sponsors for women; and make sure management supports employee resource groups and, more broadly, all diversity initiatives.
Red Hat CEO writes about passionate employees and creating a culture where they thrive. A passionate employee is someone who pays attention to the "whats" and "hows" of the company’s strategies and tactics, someone who is involved and curious, and who constantly questions what the company is doing and their own role in making it successful.
Let them show their emotions, give them autonomy, create context to connect them to the mission, share and celebrate the team’s passion and hire passionate people.
According to Gallup, 32% of employees in the US are engaged. Successful engagement strategies take validated scientific approaches to measuring engagement, and conduct on-going disciplined methods to achieve it. Engagement is more than assessing satisfaction and dissatisfaction. It means employees are involved, committed and enthusiastic.
Conversations about race are hard but increasingly important with the US Department of Commerce projecting nonwhite ethnic groups will represent 85% of U.S. population growth between 2011 and 2050. Three key points: inclusion is a long-term investment; embrace and reframe conflict; and be proactive about inclusion efforts.