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Is pride blocking progress? Take our D.E.I. Quiz and find out!

Is pride blocking progress? Take our D.E.I. Quiz and find out! Published April 19, 2023 I’m going to come out and say it: I believe people have the desire and the motivation to tackle diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at their workplaces. But… The majority don’t know how.  Enter Rework Work’s new D.E.I Quiz. Break it down:  […]

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Creating transparency in DEI work

Creating transparency in DEI work Published April 5, 2023 “The good, bad, ugly and lovely.”  That’s what Sonya Kaleel and I sought to discover when we interviewed five of our diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) leader clients.  We know there’s a disconnect between the DEI successes shared online and what’s actually happening — both the

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What the Latest Research Predicts about Recruiting

What the Latest Research Predicts about Recruiting Published March 22, 2023 “I sought out people who would fill my areas of weakness.”  I recall former President Obama saying something to that effect when he was filling his cabinet positions. He proactively sought out talent for areas where he lacked knowledge. And when you put it

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Is your DEIB work authentic or performative? Here’s how to tell.

Is your DEIB work authentic or performative? Here’s how to tell. Published November 30, 2022 In times of uncertainty or recession, budget or resources allocated to DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging) are usually first on the budget chopping block.  If that is the route your organization is taking, you’re making a short-sighted move that

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How queer-friendly is your workplace?

How queer-friendly is your workplace? Published October 5, 2022 “The most important piece for me is safety.” Those are the words of my friend and colleague, when I asked what’s “top of mind” for him regarding support LGBTQ+ employees in the workplace.  Break it down:  Next Tuesday, October 11th, is National Coming Out Day celebrated

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Here are three reasons equal pay doesn’t matter

Here are three reasons equal pay doesn’t matter Published September 21, 2022 It’s Black Women’s Equal Pay Day in the United States.  But we can’t talk about equal pay without talking about equal advancement opportunities. If Black women (or any underestimated group) aren’t getting a job in the first place, there’s nothing to be equally compensated for. 

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(Work) Relationship Status: It’s Complicated

(Work) Relationship Status: It’s Complicated Published September 7, 2022 What does it mean that “quiet quitting” is taking workplaces by storm? As if we needed another signal that employees are sick and tired of working in toxic jobs with no hope for improvement or escape. Barely a year ago we learned that given the opportunity, people will leave! (I

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Nonnegotiable Career Advice for DEI (and everyone else too)

Nonnegotiable Career Advice for DEI (and everyone else too) Published August 17, 2022 My friend once asked, “why are you giving these people all of your brainpower?”  At the time, I was working myself to the bone in corporate. I said, “that’s how I am. If I do something, I’m going to do it well.”

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Our perceptions of women in leadership are skewed

Our perceptions of women in leadership are skewed Published March 9, 2022 Women are leaders. Notice my verb choice: not women can lead, but women are leaders.  It’s not semantics, it’s perception. Break it down:  That subtle verb choice can mean the difference between hiring a woman to an executive role or keeping her stuck in middle management! Women

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When it comes to DEI, are most leaders planning to fail?

When it comes to DEI, are most leaders planning to fail? Published February 9, 2022 You can’t see the view from a tower when you’re still standing on the ground.  From the ground, all you see are walls. Your perspective is limited, and you can’t possibly know what the vista will be from the top. 

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