HR leaders: Stop paying ‘lip service to gender, racial parity’

Jun 29, 2020 12:27:32 PM / by Human Resource Executive posted in diversity, HR Technology, Women in Technology, HR professionals, Women in HR Tech Summit, workforce diversity, work culture, workplace environment, women in workforce, laurie Ruettimann

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Laurie Ruettimann doesn’t mince words.

When asked her outlook on gender parity in corporate leadership, she didn’t sugarcoat things: “I’m not optimistic. According to the World Economic Forum, a woman would have to be born in the year 2255 to get equal pay at work. I’m irritated. How about we speed this up, OK?”

That straight talk will be at the heart of the closing session of Women in HR Tech this fall, as Ruettimann moderates a discussion on the long game of achieving gender parity in leadership ranks, which will feature PlanSource’s Nancy Sansom and Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Tomya Watt. The speakers will discuss the progress and pitfalls of gender equity in the workplace and share their personal experiences climbing the corporate ladder, a journey that, for Ruettimann—a corporate trainer, speaker and author—has taken some interesting turns, which she recently shared with HRE.

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What Percentage of the Workforce is Female in 2020?

Apr 29, 2020 10:26:12 AM / by HR Tech posted in hr tech, women in HR Tech, Women in HR Tech Summit, workforce diversity, HR Tech 2020, women in workforce, females in the workforce

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Women are making big strides in the workforce in 2020, yet they face big challenges going forward.  A U.S. Labor Department’s report in December showed that women make up the majority of the workforce at 50.04%.  Yet, even with the mass number of women in the workforce, the percentage of executive-level roles held by women remains relatively low. Only 6% of the Fortune 500 have women as CEOs and only 2% or 60 of the Russell 3000 companies (the 3,000 largest companies domiciled in the U.S. and U.S. territories) have a board made up of at least 50% women according to Equilar.

Nobody would argue that those percentages aren’t low, but they are up from what it was just a few years ago. Change, although slow, is happening as reflected in the increase seen for the past nine consecutive quarters in the Equilar Gender Diversity Index (GDI), a quarterly update of female directors in the Russell 3000. Additionally, according to the Women in Workplace 2019 report by McKinsey & Company and Lean In, more companies have higher numbers of female C-level executives than in previous years.

Though the numbers are improving, the question remains, how do we help our organizations create a culture of inclusion and diversity.

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Gender Equity: Practical Strategies – An #HRTechConf Interview with Kate Bischoff and Heather Bussing

Aug 26, 2019 1:54:30 PM / by Mary Kaylor posted in Women in HR Tech Summit, gender equity

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Kate Bischoff is an overly enthusiastic, sarcastic and opinionated management-side employment attorney and SHRM-SCP-certified HR pro. She works closely with management and HR folk to improve organizations and make it easier to recruit and retain talent through having easy-to-understand policies, easy-to-use technology, and easy-to-explain compliance initiatives. Kate has been recognized by The New York Times, CNN.com, National Public Radio, and other journalistic sources as a leading authority on harassment and employment law. Prior to founding tHRive Law & Consulting, Ms. Bischoff served as a Human Resources Officer for the United States Department of State at the U.S. Embassy Lusaka, Zambia and for the U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem. Kate is also an Adjunct Professor at Mitchell Hamline, serving as faculty for the School of Law’s HR Compliance Certificate Program.

Heather Bussing has practiced employment law for 30 years and regularly writes for the HR Examiner on the intersection of people, technology, and work. She also teaches Social Media and Internet Law with John Sumser.

Kate and Heather will present the session Gender Equity: Practical Strategies at the upcoming HR Technology Conference. The session will examine the wide range of factors that contribute to sexual harassment claims and gender equity issues. From the proverbial “bro culture” to blatant pay inequity and more subtle forms of discrimination, two respected employment attorneys will share practical tips on how to address gender equality in your workplace. Topics such as maternity benefits, leadership skills and promotional opportunities, and how to lift others as you climb the corporate ladder will be explored.

With so many excellent sessions at HR Tech, it will be difficult to decide which to attend – and as is usually the case -- many of your top picks will occur at the same time.

I asked Heather and Kate a few questions to give attendees a better understanding of the information there session will deliver.

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Reimagining Workforce Engagement: Q&A with Grokker’s Lorna Borenstein

May 29, 2019 9:17:37 PM / by HR Tech posted in employee engagement, HR Technology Conference, women in HR Tech, Women in Technology, HR Tech Conference, Women in HR Tech Summit, health/wellness

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The Power of the Pilot Program

Mar 12, 2018 10:36:19 AM / by Jeanne Achille posted in technology, blockchain, AI, bitcoin, feasibility studies, HR, HR Agility, HR pilot program, HR Technology Conference, Women in HR Technology, HR practitioner, HR Tech Conference, Women in HR Tech Summit

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Building the business case for a new HR technology solution requires the involvement of numerous stakeholders within the organization. The most obvious is running the procurement gauntlet; others typically include IT, marketing, finance and HR operations. It is one of the reasons some HR teams limp along without the latest and greatest. After all, pushing an enterprise purchase forward can require the energy of Sisyphus; on its best day, it’s risky, disruptive and downright exhausting.

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