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‘Referral hiring isn’t great for diversity’

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”  ― Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Happy New year! Happy new changes!

New Year’s Day marks a new chapter in many peoples’ lives. For a large number of employees, career related changes are among their top new year’s resolutions.

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The title for this post was taken from an article I came across on Bloomberg- “Hiring an Employee’s Buddy Is Fueling a Major Workplace Crisis”

As a job seeker, you’ve probably heard someone explain the importance of networking and why you should network, network and keep on networking!  It’s a fact that nowadays,  getting a job is mostly about who you know and much less about what you know!

But how well does the referral hiring work?- In an article- How do social networks affect labor markets? – Ian Schmutte,  assistant professor of economics at University of Georgia, USA  explains that “Referral networks can help employers find better workers as well as help workers find better jobs. More generally, these networks can speed up the rate at which workers and firms find each other.”

So where’s the catch?  In the article, Ian Schmutte also adds that ” … networks can also be segmented along racial, ethnic, and socio-economic lines, which brings into question the effect they may have on inequality between and within different groups of workers.” Read on the full article here

Other interesting reads-

-Thinking about recommending your friend to your employer?  Here are 12 things to keep in mind. (Forbes) Also, here are tips on  How to Recommend a Friend or Colleague for a Job

-‘Bore out’- a new term i learnt the other day. It’s all about boredom at work. I read a story about a 44-year-old Parisian Frédéric Desnard, who sued a firm for being ‘bored out’ of his job. Although he held a managerial role in a perfume business, he often felt depressed and didn’t like the idea of his former employers giving him menial tasks. He is not alone. According to a BBC article, workplace boredom is a common problem in various organisations and it’s usually a major source of stress for many people.  Can you handle boredom at work? Here are a few tips on how to cope with boredom at work

-The underemployed workforce- “Any job is better than no job at all…” right? Well, yes if it is temporary. And no,  if you’ll have to permanently do certain jobs involuntarily. Who are the ‘underemployed’?  Underemployment among recent college graduates is still a problem on the rise. It’s a fact that a high number of graduates find it difficult to secure well paying jobs right after college. According to sources, many settle for ‘low skilled’ jobs which are usually “non-college” jobs. –  How to get graduate jobs

–  Goal setting and achievement- How to set your goals and how to focus on them? Here’s a concept i watched on Marie Forleo  YouTube channel

Corporate Attire And Office Wear For A Career Woman- What’s Acceptable and What’s Not?

I was recently shocked  by a revelation from Nicola Thorp, a 27-year old temp worker who was ordered to go home without pay for not wearing high-heeled shoes.

Although her case gained global attention and a larger public opinion seemed to agree, her story als0 raised legal concerns across borders as to whether or not, a business can legally force it’s female employees to wear high heels? Nicola’s story has also raised questions among those working in an office environment where high heels are often the norm, especially where business attire is required.

The truth is, questions over dress code are nothing new. We’ve heard horrible stories about men and women facing discrimination because of their looks and attire. Some have been fired for being ‘too beautiful’ or ‘too sexy’. For example-

-Remember Debrahlee Lorenzana?  The lady who made headlines in 2010 when she claimed that she was forced out her Manhattan Citibank job because she was too “sexy”?  Village voice covered that story in details.

Well,  stuff happened  and she sued the bank for wrongful termination, and  as you might think, the ending was not so rosy!  Seemed like that case was too hot for a settlement.

According to Dealbreaker, “…  Citibank did not enter into any kind of a settlement with Ms. Lorenzana or provide any payment to her.”

And may i add, from her photos, she rocked those high heels at the work place!

-Remember Melissa Nelson’s story too?  The Iowa woman who was fired for being too ‘attractive’?  Or Dilek Edwards who was fired for being too cute?

And that’s not all!

-Did you hear that story about  Larycia Hawkins, a christian professor at Wheaton college, who was put on leave for wearing hijab? 

It gets crazier!

-Another story according to BBC,  is about a West African woman who works in a consultancy firm in London, who claims that her boss tells her to wear a weave to work because her natural ‘Afro hair is unprofessional’!

Such stories leave me in amazement! These are the kind of stories that catch both business and cultural attention. The idea of companies telling their employees what to wear, and firing them for not adhering to their rules, still puzzles many.

Of course what works for one organisation or department  may not necessarily  work for the others elsewhere in the world. But such cases or similar are likely create pitfalls for both employees and their employers and if not dealt with propely, they could fuel  more gender, race, cultural and religious discrimination.

 

 

50 World’s Most Attractive Employers For Business Students 2015

It’s Google again! Not just in the United States of America, but world wide! Google remains the number 1 as the employer of choice among students of various disciplines. Check out these surveys (Worldwide and United States of America)

In a study,  employer branding agency Universum Global asked 240,000 business and engineering students from top universities in 12 Largest world economies  about which companies and employers they found most attractive.

Here are the top 10 World’s Most Attractive Employers – Business student 2015