Today is such an important day in history. Today is a day of remembrance and the 50th commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In this important time of change, I want to share content related to diversity and inclusion that I think you will enjoy.
If you’re located in Memphis, there are lots of opportunities to get involved in the MLK50 Commemoration in person. But, if you’re outside of the city, the National Civil Rights Museum is live streaming the celebration TODAY. It is live now and will go all day. Check out the MLK50 Livestream here.
I AM 2018
I had the opportunity to attend a wonderful event this past weekend hosted by AFSCME Local 1733 — I AM 2018. It was a moving tribute to Dr. King and the sanitation workers who striked in 1968. The event was a perfect opportunity to learn more about history, and to stand together. Jesse Jackson spoke about his experience in the Civil Rights Movement. And, the strikers from 1968 attended the event. They had a grand entrance that was truly inspiring. I really cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed this event, and how much I appreciate the folks who put it together.
Below are a few photos from the event.
Podcast: Diversity & Inclusion with Mark Lobosco, VP of Talent Solutions at LinkedIn
I had the opportunity to interview Mark Lobosco, the Vice President of Talent Solutions at LinkedIn for the Copeland Coaching Podcast. Mark sponsors a number of company-wide Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging initiatives at LinkedIn.
On the episode, Mark shares:
- The differences between diversity, inclusion, and belonging – and why they are important
- Why companies are increasing their focus on diversity
- How to identify companies that are diverse and inclusive when you’re job seeking
- Predictions on how diversity will continue to evolve in the workplace
Using Transparency to Build a Diverse Workforce
My Career Corner column this week is about diversity, and it’s importance in our workplace. It’s such an important and relevant topic that I want to share it with you here today.
Diversity is one of the most important issues companies are focused on today. LinkedIn recently found that over half of companies say they are very or extremely focused on diversity. This is good news, especially when you consider this. The World Economic Forum recently estimated that it will take 217 years for women to reach complete equality in pay and employment opportunities.
It should be noted that one of the key tools we have available today that was not available years ago is the internet. The transparency now available, especially as it relates to employment, is a gold mine for job seekers. Sites such as Glassdoor, LinkedIn, and Indeed.com provide important data points, including how much workers are paid and how employees rate their workplaces.
To further the mission of diversity, Indeed.com recently announced a partnership with three other websites that focus on inclusiveness in the workplace. This partnership with Fairygodboss.com, InHerSight.com, and Comparably.com will help to provide additional information to job seekers.
The information will show up on the Indeed “Company Pages.” It will allow job seekers to better evaluate the diversity and inclusiveness of an organization. Today’s Company Pages include ratings for work/life balance, compensation/benefits, job security/advancement, management, and culture. In the future, there will also be scores from InHerSight, Comparably, and Fairygodboss that will rank the companies from one to five stars and as a number from one to 100.
The internet still remains an unlikely place to land your next job. But, the data available will help you to decide whether or not you want to accept a job offer from a particular company.
Salary data will also help you to know what is considered fair pay in your industry. In corporate roles, employers setup pay bands. It can be surprising to know that for one job, the pay band can sometimes vary as much as $40,000 or more. That means that one person doing the job may make $65,000, and another person doing the same job may make over $100,000. In theory, this range allows companies to compensate employees based upon experience. In reality, how much you make is often tied to how skilled you are at negotiation.
Using the data available online will help you to ensure you’re getting a fair deal. It will allow you to verify that your future employer is a healthy place to work. And, it will give you a view into your employer’s values and priorities.
This sort of valuable feedback is often not something you can typically find out during a job interview.
Long story short, we still have a long way to go on issues related to diversity and pay equality for all people, including women and men from all backgrounds. But, this level of increased transparency will help you to be your own advocate. Perhaps together, we can shorten the time it will take to reach complete equality in the workplace.
I hope you have a wonderful day, and that you’re able to take a few minutes to commemorate the important work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.