Insightful articles to start off the week right!

by Julie Rutherford

How do you get in the right headspace to create innovative ideas? Is blind hiring actually effective? How can you become an ally for the LGBTQ+ employee in your workspace? Read our five must-reads of the week and find out what these insightful articles have to say!

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The Blind Hiring Process: What It Is & How to Do It?

Author: Stacy Pollack

Blind hiring involves removing any information that is not directly relevant to the job position. This was implemented in orchestra hiring where auditions would be held behind a curtain in order to prevent bias from influencing the decision making. As a result, 25% to 45% of women were hired.

Today, hundreds of employers are trying it in an attempt to increase the diversity among their teams. This method of hiring can help address cognitive biases that inevitably wound up influencing the hiring process. Read more to see how you can implement this at your workspace!

A Study Used Sensors to Show That Men and Women Are Treated Differently at Work

Author: Stephen Turban, Laura Freeman, and Ben Waber

Women are greatly unrepresented in boards, in the C-suite and are under-compensated in comparison to their male counterparts. This may lead to the belief that women and men’s behavior differ significantly, given that they don’t receive the same opportunities.

This fascinating study conducted in a multinational firm placed sensors on female and male employees to track activity and behavior such as speech patterns, proximity to others, tone of voice, etc. The results came to an unsurprising conclusion: that inequality is due to bias, not differences in behavior. Check out the full article to find out the specific, intriguing details!

LGBTQ+ Diversity and Inclusion: Supporting your LGBTQ+ employees

Author: Patrick R. Nelson

First of all, we would like to give a big shoutout to Patrick R. Nelson to his contribution to our blog page. This article highlights the importance of bringing awareness of inclusivity and diversity in the workplace, and most importantly, how you can help create a better working atmosphere for all workers, regardless of their ethnicity, race or sexual orientation. Read more to learn how you can become an ally!

7 Harsh Truths That Will Improve Your Leadership Skills Overnight

Author: Marcel Schwantes

With a tongue-in-cheek tone, author Marcel Schwantes addresses the real reason people quit their jobs: they leave managers, not companies. For maximum retainment of employees and increased productivity, you need to adapt your leadership skills.

He reveals the seven brutal truths of good leaders and how tweaking your style can vastly improve relevant work relationships. This is a must-read article for all leaders out there, you can never be “too good” a leader. 

How to Be Creative When You’re Feeling Stressed

Author: Elizabeth Grace Saunders

It can get very stressful when you’re job requires you to be creative. We constantly tell ourselves “I’ll do it when I’m feeling creative,” failing to acknowledge that there’s no such thing as a strike of a lightbulb that will gift you the perfect “Aha!” moment. But when your job depends on it, stress can hold you back from access your creative side at all.

A mind that is occupied with fear of rejection and perfectionism is no space to brew innovation. You want to achieve the “diffuse-thinking power” a state where your brain isn’t using “focused thinking,” but operates in a looser manner. Instead of waiting for that perfect moment where the stars align and you come up with the newest board proposal, create that moment with these tools.

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