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By Chanell Turner "The days of hiring fairs, in-person informational interviews, and campus hiring events are done for the foreseeable future. Today, HR managers and hiring teams have to rely on virtual tools to locate and recruit capable candidates. Even if your team is back in the office, the COVID-19 outbreak is going to make it challenging to find candidates in person." "If this is something you have not prepared for, you are not alone. A study by Doodle revealed that only 16 percent of HR professionals in the United States are prepared to go entirely virtual with their recruitment and onboarding efforts. Nevertheless, much like the state of work itself, companies are going to have to plan for a digital future when it comes to recruitment." "Even amid COVID-19, workers will still resign, and you may need to let some staff go. Therefore, you need to prepare to hire virtually. Here are some points you can add to your virtual hiring strategy for this new normal brought on by COVID-19." Read Full Article
By David Baboolall, Kelemwork Cook, Nick Noel, Shelley Stewart, and Nina Yancy   "Entrepreneurship and business ownership—particularly of community-based businesses—are crucial ways to develop community wealth, for both business owners and the people they employ. Healthy Black-owned businesses could be a critical component for closing the United States’ Black–white wealth gap, which we project will cost the economy $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion (in 2018 dollars) per year by 2028. The COVID-19 crisis, however, has further stressed Black-owned businesses and may cause the racial wealth gap to widen. This gap includes a $290 billion—and growing—opportunity to grow overall wealth by achieving revenue parity between Black- and white-owned businesses in addition to providing aid to small and medium-size businesses (SMBs)—those with up to 500 employees—with nonwhite owners." Read Full Article
By Gautam Gayan "Workplace Equity is all about making the employees feel empowered and level the playing field for every employee. When organization promote equality in the workplace they benefit from the competitive advantage of employing diverse talent." "Equity in a workplace refers to fair treatment for all. Transparency is evident to cause and effect where everyone expects the same in terms of consequences and rewards. When there is equity, there is equal opportunity. When you give importance to equity, it creates a positive work environment for both the employees and employer." "Organizations must have a forward-thinking ideology and set their aim towards fostering an equitable future for their employees. We did a brief study of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), looked at the distinction between equity and equality, and also mentioned seven great tips to promote equity in the workplace." Read Full Article
By Sally Lauckner "According to Census Bureau data, the number of minority-owned firms doubled over the last decade. This being said, however, although minorities are majorly driving the growth of entrepreneurship in this country, minority business owners still face a multitude of challenges when trying to start and finance their businesses. Overall, minority-owned businesses tend to be smaller and generate lower profits than businesses owned by white people. BIPOC entrepreneurs are also less likely to get access to credit, which is a key predictor of a business’s future success." "Luckily, in addition to traditional financing options, like business loans, there are a variety of alternative funding solutions that minority entrepreneurs can explore, like small business grants. In this guide, therefore, we explore a list of 12 of the best minority small business grants and what you need to know to apply for these grants for your business."   Read Full Article
By TBS Staff "Black undergraduate enrollment increased significantly from 2000-2010, but experienced a decline from 2010-2018. Encouraging Black enrollment requires additional resources to combat systemic disadvantages Black students face, making it more difficult for them to both attend and complete a college education. To address the needs of current and future Black students, colleges and universities continue to provide resources, including social clubs, organizations, and career-oriented assistance programs. Black students can also network with alumni, explore opportunities for employment, and find funding to further their education." Read Full Article
By Samantha Taylor of Instructional Solutions "Remote work is rising in popularity, but it has suddenly become the global default due to COVID-19. Many workers in the United States and around the world are finding themselves working remotely for the first time. Working from home has many benefits (including stopping a pandemic!), with 77% of remote workers stating that they’re more productive. Distributed teams come with a different set of working conditions and one very big, very important challenge: communication." Read Full Article
By The National Alliance on Mental Illness "Many members of the community may re-experience trauma during the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Below are some resources. Find a PDF of this information, here." Read Full Article & Resources Here
By Alysha Mohamed "In the last week, social media has been buzzing over the news of France’s proposed hijab ban for women under the age of 18. In their attempt to save and “liberate” young Muslim women from their faith, the French government is oppressing women under a façade of secularism." "The Senate voted in favour of (link is external) “prohibition in the public space of any conspicuous religious sign by minors and of any dress or clothing which would signify an interiorization of women over men” on March 30." "The proposed bill is a clear violation of fundamental human rights, coupled with the frightening normalization of Islamophobia and discrimination against young Muslim women. It seems as though, in the eyes of the French government, young women can choose what to wear—but only if their choices align with Western ideals." Read Full Article
By Do One Thing for Autism "Doing these 8 things in your workplace can create a more inclusive and engaging work environment for autistic employees. Autistic people offer many strengths, skills and talents to the workplace. They can be change-makers, bringing diverse thinking and perspectives to our communities and businesses. Every workplace in Australia can contribute to lifting the employment of autistic people by making these changes – many of which are low or no-cost." "Amaze has developed these changes in collaboration with Specialisterne Australia, a social business which enables jobs for autistic adults through social entrepreneurship, innovative employment models and a national change in mindset. We thank them for their invaluable expertise. 'There are a lot of autistic people who could give an awful lot to workplaces, but the environment around them makes it difficult – not them.' Start with just one, or take them all on – every change you make can transform your workplace culture in positive ways, and empower your autistic and neurotypical employees to collaborate and achieve more." Read Full Article
By Startup Savant "Despite positive progress in the past few decades, the footing is still unequal for men and women in business. Women still on average earn less than men, and according to a McKinsey study, only 79 women are promoted to manager for every 100 men." "However, a Small Business Administration (SBA) blog states: 'The growing prevalence of women entrepreneurs hasn’t happened by accident. A big part of the growth of women-owned small business is legislation that targeted the creation of resources and networks for women.' So, here’s how and why you can use women in business resources to bridge the divide for your own company." Read Full Article