All Articles Tagged "Career"

Study: Diversity Training Makes White Men Feel Threatened

January 6th, 2016 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
Share to Twitter Email This
shutterstock_339639824

Shutterstock

Diversity training is a term we heard quite a bit in 2015; however, a new article published by the Harvard Business Review suggests that these programs may be doing more harm than good. For starters, a study of over 700 companies in the United States found that implementing these training programs had little to no positive effects on female and minority representation. Even worse, they may even decrease representation of Black women. The study also found that these programs tend to make white men resentful of women and minorities.

“We found evidence that it not only makes white men believe that women and minorities are being treated fairly—whether that’s true or not—it also makes them more likely to believe that they themselves are being treated unfairly,” authors of the report explained.

The report also found that at companies with diversity training programs, people were more likely to disregard claims of unfair treatment—“even when there is clear evidence of discrimination.”

As part of the experiment, researchers put white males through a hiring stimulation for an entry-level position at a fictitious tech firm. Half of the applicants were briefed on the company’s pro-diversity policies; the other half were not. All other information given to the men was identical.

“All of the applicants then underwent a standardized job interview while we videotaped their performance and measured their cardiovascular stress responses,” researchers explained.

Results revealed that white men interviewing for a job with the company with pro-diversity messages felt that they might be “undervalued or discriminated against.”

“These concerns interfered with their interview performance and caused their bodies to respond as if they were under threat,” the authors explained. “Importantly, diversity messages led to these effects regardless of these men’s political ideology, attitudes toward minority groups, beliefs about the prevalence of discrimination against whites, or beliefs about the fairness of the world. This suggests just how widespread negative responses to diversity may be among white men: the responses exist even among those who endorse the tenets of diversity and inclusion.”

As for those who the programs are supposed to be helping, the report found that the programs did “little to convince minorities that companies will treat them more fairly. Participants from ethnic minorities viewed a pro-diversity company as no more inclusive, no better to work for, and no less likely to discriminate against minorities than a company without a pro-diversity stance” (Read: less intimidatory to white men).

While researchers do not suggest doing away with pro-diversity programs in the workplace, they recommend that managers spend more time crafting materials and outlining the program so that they come across as “more inclusive.”

Thoughts?

Follow Jazmine on Twitter @JazmineDenise

10 New Year’s Work Resolutions

January 1st, 2016 - By M A
Share to Twitter Email This
Credit: Shutterstock

Credit: Shutterstock

With 2016 just around the corner, it’s time to take stock of the things that are truly important for the year ahead. And while we’ll all have resolutions to get in shape, cut back on our vices and perhaps improve relationships with those around us, let’s not forget about resolutions to step up your career game. Sure it may not seem as fun as getting a gym membership and sweating off the holiday weight, but we guarantee it’s just as valuable. So let us help you by suggesting 10 work-related resolutions that every career-oriented person should add to their to-do list in 2016.

My New Boss Came Onto Me. What Should I Do?

December 10th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
Share to Twitter Email This
Shutterstock

Shutterstock

How do you handle a coworker who asks you out? Do you take them up on the offer? Do you politely decline? Do you try your best to avoid them until they take the hint? One 27-year-old educator turned to the Internet for advice after her 40-year-old boss asked her out.

“I am a middle school teacher. Last year, we got a new principle in our school who is very unpopular among the teachers,” the woman, who we’ll call “Karen,” explained in a Reddit post. “After school today, I went to his office to ask him about a semester exam for a particular student. After we discussed the student, he got up and shut the door and sat in the seat beside me. I got a pit in my stomach because I thought I was being disciplined for doing something wrong.”

The principal went on to explain that he’d overheard Karen explaining that she enjoys playing cards with her friends, and invited her to partake in a one-on-one game at his home.

“He then said that he had heard me saying that I get together with friends on the weekends to play cards. He asked if I’d ever like to get together, just the two of us, and play cards at his house. He was very clear he did not mean it as a date because he is my direct supervisor, and that he meant it ‘just as friends.’ Not sure I believe that. He just asked me not long ago if I was making another visit soon to [state where my ex-boyfriend lives], and I told him that I wasn’t with that guy I used to visit, so no.”

Ironically, this new principle has developed a bad reputation among other teachers in the school.

“He has been very critical in all of his evaluations, and shared some unkind words with our teachers when he has had a criticism,” Karen explained. “I, on the other hand, have received glowing evaluations as a teacher under every observation. I have yet to hear mean or harsh criticisms from him, and I even got a lot of new things for my classroom this year that no other teacher got. I’m really upset and feeling like sh-t now. I thought he appreciated me and had respect for me as a teacher. I really did.”

As for the pass he made at her, Karen admits that she handled it awkwardly.

“My face got really hot, and I stammered that I would not be interested in dating, but ‘maybe sometime’ because I was too nervous to say no with him sitting next to me,” she shared. “I have been really upset since I got home. I’ve been so stupid to actually think that I was a great teacher. I feel like it’s all been a lie and I just want to curl up in a ball and cry. All of my glowing evaluations mean nothing.”

Karen intends on returning to the principal to rectify the situation, but she’s nervous and isn’t sure how to approach the conversation.

“I plan to go in his office before school very early tomorrow and tell him that I thought about it and am not interested and think that it would be a bad idea to spend time together, under any circumstance. What is the best way to approach this? How do I pick my self-esteem back up?”

Have you ever been in a situation like this? How did you handle it?

Follow Jazmine on Twitter @JazmineDenise

Celebrities Who Want You To Take Them Seriously

December 1st, 2015 - By Meg Butler
Share to Twitter Email This

Image Source: WENN.com

These celebrities say they want you to take them seriously. See them in a different view outside of what made them famous. Are you here for these image changes? Or do you expect to see more of the same?

Why You Can’t Afford Not To Take That Midmorning Break

November 16th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
Share to Twitter Email This
Why You Can't Afford To Not Take That Midmorning Break

Shutterstock

If you’re anything like me, it’s likely that once you walk into the office in the mornings, you go into power mode trying to complete as much work as possible before the clock strikes 12. Seems like a pretty logical approach, right? However, according to new research from Baylor University, you should be taking a break before lunchtime—for productivity’s sake.

According to Men’s Health, the study revealed that the best time to take a break at work is mid-morning, before lunch. Research showed the employees who took a break before lunchtime had a better chance of returning to work more focused, energized and happier than those who chose to take their breaks later in the day. Apparently, midmorning breaks can also be beneficial to your health. Subjects who took time to themselves before noon were less likely to suffer from lower back pain, eye strain, and headaches.

“We think midmorning breaks are more helpful because it’s easier to replenish your energy early in the day when your concentration and motivation is higher than trying to replenish when you feel much more depleted and tired,” said the study’s author Emily Hunter, Ph.D.

Oh, and you shouldn’t use the break time to do anything that resembles work—that includes paying bills, booking appointments or reading your mail because this minimizes the break’s effectiveness. You should be completely selfish, using the time only to do things that you enjoy like checking out Facebook, Twitter or even catching up on the latest gossip news. You know, whatever floats your boat.

What are some of the things that you enjoy doing during break time? What time do you usually take your break?

Follow Jazmine on Twitter @JazmineDenise

Half Of Employers Check Your Credit Report?

November 9th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
Share to Twitter Email This
Shutterstock

Shutterstock

So you’ve decided that it’s time to look for a new job. You’ve already updated up your resume and got your references in order, but have you checked your credit report? According to Credit Karma’s Chief Consumer Advocate, Bethy Hardeman, nearly half of employers scope out the credit reports of job candidates before making a hiring decision.

“[Asking for an applicant’s credit report] puts you in a difficult situation,” Hardeman shared, according to Glamour.

According to Credit.com, reviewing the credit report of a potential new hire has been banned in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. However, if you’re unfortunate enough to live where credit reports are not off limits in these job-hunting streets, know that in the event a potential employer chooses not to hire you based on the report, they’re required to present you with a copy prior to denying you the opportunity, which according to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, affords the applicant the opportunity to correct any errors found in the report. You should also know that employers are required to ask your permission before running the report. Hardeman recommends asking how findings from the report will be used in the hiring process prior to granting permission.

“You should also ask your prospective employer whether the credit check is actually required. Ask how the information will be used in the hiring decision before you agree,” she advised.

Typically, hiring managers scan credit reports in search of red flags that point to criminal, untrustworthy or irresponsible behavior. To know what you’re up against, Hardeman recommends reviewing your credit report before applying for a new job.

“This gives you the chance to make sure your credit report doesn’t have any inaccurate or fraudulent account information,” she said.

 

K. Michelle Reducing Butt Size To Advance Career

November 3rd, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
Share to Twitter Email This
K. Michelle Reducing Butt Size To Advance Career

Splash News

Reality star Kimberly “K. Michelle” Pate is planning to have the size of her butt reduced—for career purposes. The outspoken singer made the interesting revelation during an interview with Love B. Scott Apparently, she arrived at the decision after having a heart-to-heart with Tyrese.

“I have like movies and different things [I’m working on], and I was having a real conversation with Tyrese — we’re really like great friends. I was telling him about my butt, how I hate being typecasted because my bottom is so heavy — not saying I don’t love myself, but…you know.”

Pate adds that her behind has become a distraction when it comes to business deals.

“For me, I want my normal shape back,” she explained. “For me, and my career right now, and me doing business — like really being on the frontline in business — I don’t need to have a man looking down at my a– when I’m trying to talk numbers. I don’t need to not be able to get the role. Like, I wanna be in ‘Jurassic Park’! Let me be in ‘Jurassic Park’! I don’t need to not be able to run through Jurassic Park because my ass is too heavy. Before the dinosaurs come to eat me, I need to be able to go!”

As for why she chose to go the butt enhancement route in the first place, Pate’s answer is simple: “I just wanted it. I wanted that shape. That’s the shape that I wanted.”

But now, she’s ready to move on.

“I think the older you get, you get tired of having to hop into your jeans!”

Thoughts?

Here Are The Best Occupations For Work-Life Balance

October 27th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
Share to Twitter Email This
Here Are The Best Occupations For Work-Life Balance

Shutterstock

Let me know when your whole life goes up in smoke. Means it’s time for a promotion.

This matter-of-fact quote provided by the character Nigel in Twentieth Century Fox’s The Devil Wears Prada is a sad but true reality for many working women. Being considered a model employee is wonderful, but what is your home life looking like? What about your social?

Finding a healthy balance between your career and the rest of your life is crucial to your mental, emotional and even phsyical wellbeaing, but according to Glassdoor, some professions are more conducive to maintaining a healthy balance than others. Find out which gigs the career community and job search site listed as having the best work-life balance potential.

1. Data Scientist
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.2

2. SEO Manager
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.1

3. Talent Acquisition Specialist
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.0

4. Social Media Manager
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.0

5. Substitute Teacher
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9

6. Recruiting Coordinator
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9

7. UX Designer
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9

8. Digital Marketing Manager
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9

9. Marketing Assistant
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8

10. Web Developer
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8

11. Risk Analyst
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8

12. Civil Engineer
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
• Salary: $65,532

13. Client Manager
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8

14. Instructional Designer
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8

15. Marketing Analyst
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8

According to the site, the professions were ranked according the reported satisfaction of employees. The ratings were based on a five-point scale with 1.0 being “very dissatisfied,” 3.0 being “OK,” and 5.0 being “very satisfied.”

Did your profession make the list? How satisfied are you with your current employment situation and what are some of the ways you find balance?

Head over to Glassdoor to check out the check out the full list.

She’s The Boss Season 2, Ep. 4: Charlene Dance, Global Marketing Director At Strength Of Nature

October 26th, 2015 - By jade
Share to Twitter Email This
 
Meet Charlene Dance, Global Marketing Director at Strength of Nature, LLC.
After creating DreamKids, Beautiful Textures and re-launching multiple brands under the Strength of Nature portfolio, Charlene made it a point to support Black women beyond their beauty needs as SON Global's Marketing Director. No stranger to taking risks and epitomizing the ideal of a Black Girl who Rocks,
Find out why, She's The Boss.

Working While Black: How My Conservative, Southern White Coworkers Became My Family

October 8th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
Share to Twitter Email This
Shutterstock

Shutterstock

 

Editor’s Note: James Baldwin said to be conscious and Black in America is to be enraged most of the time. And sadly, those words are still true for many of us. In addition to the deeply depressing and unjust news headlines, there are the hostile situations we deal with everyday. For many of us, these incidents happen at work. In a culture where we spend more time working than with our families, these environments, with ignorant and entitled White people, can be everything from tiring to infuriating. In our new series, “Working While Black,” we compile some of those stories and share them with you, as a way to let you know you’re not alone, to offer advice on how to navigate these situations and hopefully to keep you from losing your mind, your temper or your job.

As told to Veronica Wells

After I graduated college, I had no concrete plans. The only thing I knew was that I did not want to return to my hometown. I went to school in North Carolina, and after some convincing from my best friend, I decided to stay there and start working. Having been kicked out of the dorms, I was homeless. I was so determined to stay in the state, I ended up couch hopping. First, with my sociopathic ex boyfriend, an estranged friend when that went sour and lastly with virtual strangers when she up and moved out of the blue.

I found work pretty quickly through a temp agency but, as is often the case with these type of jobs, the pay wasn’t nearly enough. I was making $10 dollars an hour, taking home $200 a week, with a $400 car note.

Not wanting to continue riding this struggle bus, I was applying for about 40 jobs a day, looking for a change. Needless to say, I couldn’t keep track of them all. So when an IT company called, I told them I was available for an interview, not really remembering the position or knowing what to expect.

Luckily, the interview didn’t take much preparation. I walked in a room with two older, Italian men who asked me how I handled stress. They wanted to know if I cracked under pressure and minded people yelling at me. I told them growing up with my mother, I was more than used to it. They got a kick out of that. The interview lasted ten minutes and three hours later, they called to say I had been offered the position.

I remember thinking to myself, ‘Okay, they recognize a real one.’

I would soon find out that no everyone had that same ability.

My particular position required three months of training. Too bad the man who volunteered to do so, Jason, wasn’t trying to help me do sh*t. In fact, he refused to speak to me. I would learn later, much later, that he was paid $500 for basically ignoring me.

I don’t know if his intention was to set me up for failure but his coldness was all the motivation I needed to prove that I could succeed in this position, out of pure spite. And that’s exactly what I did.

The woman who did train me, since Jason couldn’t be bothered, ended up being a lifesaver. I clung to the information she shared with me; and in 3 months time, just as my training was coming to an end and she was being moved to another department, I took over her territory, working on the same team with Jason.

Interestingly enough, the same people who refused to acknowledge me became my closest friends. I didn’t have any family in North Carolina and spending so much time at work, my coworkers inevitably became my social circle, my friends first and then, more than that.

It may seem like an unlikely, even miraculous feat. But it was actually just the way most friendships are formed.

A lot of people ended up quitting because of stress of the job and our team eventually dwindled to four-five people. Shortly after that, the company switched to a new internal computer system and I just so happened to be the person who learned how to operate it first. My team members had to come to me for the answers. And when they did, we all found that we had quite a bit in common, especially our sense of humor. During those late nights, in the midst of the stress, it was comedy that brought us together.

It wasn’t long before we were bonding outside of work too. We went out for drinks. Jason, on a healthy eating kick, started buying me lunch and then calling me, after hours to discuss our childhood, dreams and relationships. I ended up hosting a game night at my home and one coworker even invited me to have Thanksgiving with her family since I couldn’t go home to be with mine.

Still, that didn’t mean that I always felt comfortable there. One of my newfound friends’, Tristen’s, grandfather was a member of the Klu Klux Klan. He came from a small town and as cliché as it sounds, I was his first Black friend. Needless to say, he, out of ignorance more than anything else, made his fair share of offensive comments and even actions.

I don’t know what it is, but White people often feel like they have access to Black bodies. And it wasn’t long before I discovered the truth behind that statement. One day, Tristen, a stereotypical White frat boy, complete with the shenanigans, called me over to his desk to ask for my help. After I answered his question, he took a meter stick and hit me on my butt with it. Not only was he married, not only was his desk close to the executive offices, he was disrespecting me in front of everyone. Thankfully, no one saw it; but if they had, I know he wouldn’t have been held responsible for that. It would have been me, the Black girl having an inappropriate relationship with a married coworker. I didn’t know how to handle the situation at all. Instead of addressing it head on, I ignored Tristen for two months.

In retrospect, I wish I had expressed my feelings. But it just made me too uncomfortable.

Our friendship and working relationship wasn’t perfect but my White coworkers and then friends opened my eyes to some things too. Like Tristen, I hadn’t had White friends, since kindergarten. My White coworker family showed me that there are some things, a lot of things, that cross cultural, like lewd humor, without the inappropriate touching, and me and Tristen’s reference for Ja Rule.

I can’t say that my White friends saw the light after knowing me and hearing me preach against their prejudices. They still occupy a position of privilege in predominately White areas but I do think knowing me and befriending me opened their eyes to a few things. I wasn’t the token Black girl. I wasn’t going to assimilate to make them comfortable. And in their acceptance of the real Black me, we all learned, grew and supported each other.