Forbes’ CHRO event, vaccine changes, an overused measure to close the gender pay gap – and more

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With the removal of paid family and medical leave from the compromise of the $ 1.75 trillion spending plan that President Joe Biden outlined last week, the popular but beleaguered proposal appears to be doomed again to failure. His demise underscores the United States’ place as one of the only countries in the world without a federal obligation for paid family leave, a country where millions of women and men who work for employers who do not offer paid leave must return to work shortly after a child has died. born or while an elderly parent or sick family member is in need of care.

Yet it also reinforces the value of companies that offer such benefits and the critical role that human resource leaders play in meeting both the needs of employers and the expectations of their workers. This is especially the case now, as workers in many industries rethink what they expect from their jobs, quitting en masse for higher pay or choosing not to work at all.

Over the past 18 months, human resources managers at many companies have become central figures in the pandemic’s decisive transition to remote working. To discuss the issues that concern them most, Forbes is hosting their first-ever CHRO Forward Summit this week, highlighting some of the critical issues they face. To register click here.

In a one-on-one conversation, I’ll talk with Humu Co-Founder Laszlo Bock about the science behind remote working and what he learned while leading HR at Google. We will have three panels dedicated to hybrid work, employee burnout, and how workplaces can foster fairness in the home, each made up of top HR managers, such as the HR manager. from Stanford Health Care, David Jones, director of human resources at Palo Alto Networks, Liane Hornsey and Levi Strauss, director of human resources. Tracy Layney. We are planning a virtual discussion of information, ideas and tactics that will help HR managers, as well as anyone managing people in the job, succeed in this new world of work. The seismic changes that have rocked the workforce over the past year and a half, after all, aren’t going away anytime soon.

Cheers,

Jena

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An effort to correct pay equity has focused on the median wage gap. A new report says this has created an unfair ‘glass floor’.

A new report has analyzed the gender pay gap over the past 15 years, when the ranks of female executives have risen. He found that women are more likely than men to be paid a narrow range around the median numbers and, as a result, are not only under-represented among the lowest-paid executives, but also much less likely to be paid. get paid at the top.

On our agenda

What we’re watching this week

The details of the vaccine rules may be looming: The Washington post reported Monday that the federal rule that will require private U.S. companies to mandate frequent vaccinations or testing has been finalized, and details are expected to be released this week. Businesses may soon find out more about how the federal government expects this controversial requirement to be implemented.

Speaking of vaccines: A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention committee is expected to meet on Tuesday to decide whether to approve Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 after the Food and Drug Administration grants clearance emergency use last week. Will companies give parents time to get their children vaccinated?

The COP26 climate summit begins. Do we need more women leaders? As the World Leaders Summit takes place in Glasgow, new research by Oliver Wyman explores how women are often excluded from high-level discussions about government and the business climate and why their role in the issue is often overlooked. not recognized.

The World’s Best Women-Friendly Companies: Forbes released its list of the 300 Best Women-Friendly Businesses. Topping the list are Hershey Company, Southwest Airlines and Miele Gruppe. Read all about it here.

It’s Jobs Report Week: The October non-farm payroll report is due on Friday and is expected to show a rebound in hiring, Bloomberg reports, after two months of disappointing job growth. What is the real impact of record dropout rates?

FIFTH TAKE

Five essential stories about work, careers and leadership on the web

The New Yorker Bren profilesé Brown, the vulnerability and shame researcher, chats with the “y’all-dire ‘populist language'” about her business consulting work, her background and education, and her new theory on building links.

Millennials are becoming the old-timers of the uncool workplace as Gen Z moves in, and they’re scared, reports the New York Times. “Young people in their twenties rolling their eyes at the habits of their elders is a trend as old as Xerox, Kodak and classic rock, but many employers have said there is a new daring in the way the Generation Z dictates taste, ”writes Emma Goldberg.

Covid-19 has changed how, where and why people work or agree to do certain jobs. George Westerman, senior professor at MIT Sloan School of Management, breaks down five assumptions employers need to rethink the way employees work in the MIT Sloan Management Review.

Lots of people have started new jobs lately. Harvard business review explains how to get there – fast – by shaping a strategic network, doubling down where you shine and getting people to come to you.

Religious exemptions to Covid-19 vaccine mandates have been a big headache for human resources officials – how to design them, analyze them, and decide who actually gets them. The the Wall Street newspaper shares new internal reports and documents on how companies like General Electric, Disney and Tyson Foods are handling it.

READING CLUB

The latest reading on work, leadership and careers

More companies are having raw, unfiltered conversations about race in the workplace, or expecting more employees to talk about the issue at work. PBS host, reporter and business advisor Celeste Headlee shares research-based guide to having productive conversations about breed in Speaking of race: why everyone should talk about race and how to do it.

Key quote: “In the workplace, companies that try to promote diversity often employ unproductive methods that do not lead to culture change,” writes Kirkus in his review of Headlee’s book. “True inclusion requires ‘specific policies’ and it is essential to understand that ‘silence is complicity’. A thoughtful and informative guide who joins a host of others who grapple with persistent racism. “

Work at home

Forbes contributors on remote work and smarter work:

Three Ways CEOs To Prevent Harassment In The Hybrid Workplace

The physical and mental health dilemmas faced by teleworkers are “far-reaching, likely to have ripple effects for many years to come.”

How to promote your workplace culture remotely to attract new talent

Climb the ladder

Forbes contributors on promotions, increases and taking on new responsibilities:

Ikea’s Ingka Group is offering employees a bonus of $ 128 million for their efforts in the event of a pandemic. Is this your employer?

Stand out in a job interview: go beyond your CV, speak authentically and pay attention to your body language.

Why setting a harder goal might actually increase your happiness.

Learn to lead

Forbes Contributors on managing, leading, mentoring and navigating organizational issues:

University study revealed the unexpected benefits of having a narcissistic CEO.

This author has interviewed hundreds of CEOs. Here’s what he learned about the art of leadership.

These are the leadership blind spots that create stress for your team.


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