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Inclusion 2021 – Chats with Cornell Verdeja-Woodson, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Headspace

Ahead of his speaking participation at the online DEI festival, INCLUSION 2021, we caught up with Cornell Verdeja-Woodson, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Headspace, and Founder & CEO of Brave Trainings on his thoughts on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the workplace.

Don’t miss your chance to catch Cornell speaking on an exclusive panel discussion at INCLUSION 2021, the leading virtual global business festival dedicated to equity, diversity & inclusion in the workplace.

Discussing Working towards a racially just workforce: One year on from global Black liberation uprisings 2020, Cornell will be joined by Leslie Gray, Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO at Mozilla and Asif Sadiq MBE, Senior Vice President, Head of Equity and Inclusion at WarnerMedia International. Together they will tackle:

  • How have the commitments made by companies to address racial inequalities across the world since June 2020 translated into action? Has adequate progress been made in the short term? 
  • What should companies be aiming for in regards to quotas, and what are the pitfalls when quotas are the only driver for race diversity
  • How can companies create a safe work environment for Black and people of colour – what actions can be implemented?
  • There is also an emotional tax associated with being Black in the workplace – what are companies doing to ensure the wellbeing of their BIPOC employees?
  • Who is getting it right and from where can we draw inspiration?

Want to be part of this year’s conversation? Then what are you waiting for? Sign up now and claim your free pass to attend the fastest-growing virtual event in the industry – INCLUSION 2021.

Experience a packed agenda featuring the biggest names in DE&I, interactive workshops and roundtables, plenty of social activities, and regular networking opportunities.

By attending, you will be able to:

  • Learn from in-depth D&I keynotes, case studies and panel discussions
  • Join interactive workshops and roundtables
  • Connect with essential D&I contacts at our online diversity exhibition
  • Grow your network during our INCLUSION social hour meetups
  • Discover how to support minorities, heal divides and increase staff unity

Hear from our incredible high profile line-up of 75+ expert speakers leading the charge for diversity, equity, and inclusion change in the workplace, including:

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Rashmi Verma, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at HUGO BOSS
Joseph Nwosu, Co Lead of the Black at Experian Network (ERG) at Experian
Cecilia Weckstrom, Senior Global Director, Head of Diversity, Inclusion & People Innovation at LEGO Group
Michael Vermeersch, Digital Inclusion Lead & Chair, UK Disability ERG at Microsoft
Michael Anaman, Head of Service Delivery and Head of Inclusion at NOW TV
Putri Realita, Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead at Danone
Leslie Gray MBA, Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO at Mozilla
Abigail Wilmore , Chief People Officer at Stella McCartney

Become a show sponsor…

Join RW3, WorkJam, Personio and BiasProof in the movement for change. Becoming an official partner or exhibitor at INCLUSION 2021 will help raise your visibility, connect with your target audience, develop your talent pipeline and improve your profitability. Position your brand as a real leader in the global movement for D&I change in the workplace. Click here for more information.

We can’t wait to see you in October. Tickets are limited, so make sure to grab yours now before they run out.

Thank you to all our sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor

Culture Wizard by RW3 - Global Inclusion Experts

Gold Sponsor

WorkJam

Silver Sponsors

Personio - The HR Operating System
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Inclusion 2021 Summit – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace

Don’t miss your chance to catch an exclusive panel discussion at INCLUSION 2021, the leading virtual global business festival dedicated to equity, diversity & inclusion in the workplace. OutBüro is a partner and will be hosting LGBTQ+ Inclusion break-out sessions and available in the main lobby for additional information and engagement.

Discussing Wellbeing in a Post-Pandemic World – Defining Expectations and Reprogramming Routines, Anna Mouchref, Leading Culture & Diversity, Siemens Digital Industries; Praveen Gopalan, Environmental Sustainability & Employee Engagement Programme Manager for BBC Studios and Dr. Shaun Davis, Global Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing & Sustainability, Royal Mail will cover:

  • What impact has the pandemic had on employee wellbeing over the last year – can this be measured, and if so, how?
  • As many organisations move to a hybrid workforce model, what should be considered and implemented in terms of employee wellbeing?
  • What steps can and should leaders take to role-model behaviours, to promote a culture of wellbeing among their workforce?
  • Why is a more holistic relationship between work and life more beneficial and what has been the impact of the pandemic
  • How can you stay agile and review the approach to wellbeing in response to changing external factors?

Want to be part of this year’s conversation? Then what are you waiting for? Sign up now and claim your free pass to attend the fastest-growing virtual event in the industry – INCLUSION 2021.

Experience a packed agenda featuring the biggest names in DE&I, interactive workshops and roundtables, plenty of social activities and regular networking opportunities.

By attending, you will be able to:

  • Learn from in-depth D&I keynotes, case studies and panel discussions
  • Join interactive workshops and roundtables
  • Connect with essential D&I contacts at our online diversity exhibition
  • Grow your network during our INCLUSION social hour meetups
  • Discover how to support minorities, heal divides and increase staff unity

Hear from our incredible high profile line-up of 75+ expert speakers leading the charge for diversity, equity, and inclusion change in the workplace, including:

Visual Portfolio, Posts & Image Gallery for WordPress
Rashmi Verma, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at HUGO BOSS
Joseph Nwosu, Co Lead of the Black at Experian Network (ERG) at Experian
Cecilia Weckstrom, Senior Global Director, Head of Diversity, Inclusion & People Innovation at LEGO Group
Michael Vermeersch, Digital Inclusion Lead & Chair, UK Disability ERG at Microsoft
Michael Anaman, Head of Service Delivery and Head of Inclusion at NOW TV
Putri Realita, Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead at Danone
Leslie Gray MBA, Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO at Mozilla
Abigail Wilmore , Chief People Officer at Stella McCartney

Become a show sponsor…

Join RW3, WorkJam, Personio and BiasProof in the movement for change. Becoming an official partner or exhibitor at INCLUSION 2021 will help raise your visibility, connect with your target audience, develop your talent pipeline and improve your profitability. Position your brand as a real leader in the global movement for D&I change in the workplace. Click here for more information.

We can’t wait to see you in October. Tickets are limited, so make sure to grab yours now before they run out.

Thank you to all our sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor

Culture Wizard by RW3 - Global Inclusion Experts

Gold Sponsor

WorkJam

Silver Sponsors

Personio - The HR Operating System
BIASPROOF

Partners

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Our Partner Charity

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It Can Take Eight Months Before New Starters Become Productive at Work

Employers must ensure their onboarding programs are more effective

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Questionmark–Employers are taking too long to get new joiners up to speed. While firms are desperate for new modern skills to deal with the challenges of a shifting business landscape, research shows that it can take between three to eight months for employees to become fully productive.1

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The new Questionmark report “Getting the Best on Board” explores the importance of a structured onboarding process to setting staff up for success. Team members that receive effective onboarding are 18 times more likely to feel committed to their organization.2 Staff who have a negative onboarding experience are twice as likely to leave.3

Despite the importance of onboarding, the report notes five common challenges that make it difficult to achieve:

  1. Diverse starting points – it is hard for a manager to get a clear read on a person’s previous experience and gaps in their knowledge.
  2. Difficult to measure success – it might take several months for a manager to realize that a new joiner did not learn what they should have during the onboarding process.
  3. Information overload – five to ten departments are often involved in a company’s onboarding process.4 Without structured and prioritized content, a new starter will likely be overwhelmed.
  4. Time restraints – for a manager, taking time out for training and inducting a team member may not feel like a priority. But failing to make it one soon proves a false economy.
  5. Remote onboarding – some 37% of respondents said they had experienced a significant problem with the remote onboarding process.5

John Kleeman, Founder of Questionmark, said: “Assessing the skills of workers before, during and after the onboarding process can give leaders the information they need to check it is working and unlock performance. Assessments show an individual’s starting point, enabling information and training to be tailored and prioritized. Tests during the process indicate whether the information and procedures are being understood. Tests later down the line show whether the information has stuck.”

Managers can use online assessments to check that new workers have understood crucial policies and procedures such as security and health and safety. With information from assessments, employers can make better decisions about a team member’s job readiness.

Read the full report: “Getting the Best on Board: using staff assessments to get new workers on board and up to speed as quickly as possible, with the modern skills to thrive”.

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About Questionmark

Questionmark unlocks performance through reliable and secure online assessments.

Questionmark provides a secure enterprise-grade assessment platform and professional services to leading organizations around the world, delivered with care and unequalled expertise. Its full-service online assessment tool and professional services help customers to improve their performance and meet their compliance requirements. Questionmark enables organizations to unlock their potential by delivering assessments which are valid, reliable, fair and defensible.

Questionmark offers secure powerful integration with other LMS, LRS and proctoring services making it easy to bring everything together in one place. Questionmark’s cloud-based assessment management platform offers rapid deployment, scalability for high-volume test delivery, 24/7 support, and the peace-of-mind of secure, audited U.S., Australian and European-based data centers.


1 A range of sources indicate a long period of time that it takes to get new starters working at their most productive. Here are two examples: https://hronboard.me/blog/5-ways-to-fast-track-productivity-in-new-starters/

https://www.intuition.com/how-to-maintain-momentum-for-onboarding-programs/

2 https://www.bamboohr.com/resources/infographics/the-incredible-impact-of-effective-onboarding/

3 https://digitate.com/blog/automation-and-ai-superheroes-in-disguise/

4 https://typelane.com/6-reasons-employee-onboarding-is-broken/

5 https://www.clickboarding.com/impact-of-covid-on-employee-onboarding/

Contacts

US: Kristin Bernor, external relations: Kristin.bernor@questionmark.com +1 203.349.6438

UK: Peter Sigrist: peter.sigrist@fourteenforty.uk +44 7720 056 981

Australia and New Zealand: Chelsea Dowd: chelsea.dowd@questionmark.com +61 2 8073 0527

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New Study From Mind Share Partners In Partnership With Qualtrics And ServiceNow: Employee Mental Health Challenges Now Impact The Majority Of U.S. Workers—Persisting Longer And Pushing More Employees To Leave Their Jobs

Follow-On Study Offers A Rare Pre- And Post-Pandemic Comparison On The State Of Workplace Mental Health And Spotlights The Heightened Stakes For Employers

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mind Share Partners, a national nonprofit that is changing the culture of workplace mental health, launched “Mind Share Partners’ 2021 Mental Health at Work Report in partnership with Qualtrics and ServiceNow”—a study that explores mental health, stigma, and work culture in U.S. workplaces. This year’s study is sponsored by ServiceNow and Morrison & Foerster and is a follow-on to the 2019 Mental Health at Work Report.

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Read more about the findings in our Harvard Business Review article.

The study reveals that mental health challenges are impacting a majority of U.S. workers at all levels of seniority for significant periods of time. 76% of full-time U.S. workers reported experiencing at least one symptom of a mental health condition in the past year (a 29% increase from 2019), with 80% of study respondents reporting their symptoms cumulatively lasting a month or more, and 36% reporting symptoms lasting five months to an entire year. Executive and C-level employees were more likely to report experiencing at least one mental health symptom, compared to managers and individual contributors.

With a growing dialogue around “The Great Resignation,” there are clear correlations to employers losing talent due to unsupported mental health challenges. The study found that 50% of respondents had left a previous role at a company due, at least in part, to mental health reasons, compared to 34% in 2019. This number grows to 81% for Gen Z and 68% for Millennial respondents.

“Prior to the pandemic, U.S. employers had just begun to acknowledge the prevalence and impact of mental health challenges at work, the need to address stigma, as well as the emerging link to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI),” said Kelly Greenwood, Founder & CEO of Mind Share Partners.

“The stakes have been raised. Companies must move from viewing mental health as an individual’s responsibility to a collective priority. The future of workplace mental health demands culture change. Everyone within an organization plays a unique role in creating a mentally healthy workplace, with leadership paving the way. We can’t afford to go back to ‘business as usual’. Now is the time to be intentional and imagine what work could be—with more vulnerability, compassion, and sustainable ways of working,” Greenwood said.

Other Key Findings Include:

Workplace factors have a clear impact on mental health.

  • 84% of study respondents reported at least one workplace factor that negatively impacted their mental health in the past year—the most common being emotionally draining work (37%).
  • Employers’ return to office plans are negatively impacting mental health. The most common ways were the policies themselves around in-person vs. remote work after the pandemic (41%) and lack of work-life balance or flexibility based on the policy (37%).
  • The study found that employees who have felt supported by their employers with the pandemic, racial injustices, return to office planning, and/or mental health overall have better mental health and engagement outcomes.

Employees are talking about mental health more, but their comfort levels and experience of these conversations are still mixed.

  • Two-thirds (65%) of study respondents reported having talked about their mental health to someone at work in the past year—a 63% increase from 40% in 2019.
  • 41% of study respondents felt comfortable talking to their colleagues about their own mental health—a 46% increase from 2019 (28%); 40% felt comfortable talking to managers—a 38% increase from 2019 (29%); and 37% to HR—a 48% increase from 2019 (25%).
  • Only 49% of respondents described their experience of talking about mental health at work as positive or that they received a positive or supportive response—comparable to rates in 2019 (48%).

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs continue to play a strong role in workplace mental health, but significant investment and commitment are needed to alleviate disproportionate challenges exacerbated by the events of 2020, including, but not limited to, systemic racism and trauma experienced by Black employees and school closures due to Covid-19 impacting parents and caregivers.

  • Younger workers (i.e., Gen Z and Millennial respondents), caregivers, and respondents from historically underrepresented communities (including LGBTQ+, transgender, Black, and Latinx respondents) tended to be more likely to experience mental health symptoms, more likely to say that work or the workplace environment negatively impacted their mental health, and more likely to have left a previous role due, at least in part, to mental health reasons.
  • Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders were among those who felt the least supported amidst the pandemic and racial hate crimes / injustices, alongside Native American respondents for the pandemic, and mixed-race respondents for the racial hate crimes / injustices.

Employers are investing more into mental health and employees are increasingly drawn to day-to-day support versus temporary, Band-Aid solutions.

  • Resources provided by employers to employees grew since the pandemic, including extra paid time off (55% growth), mental health days (41% growth), and mental health training (33% growth).
  • There was significant growth in the use of accommodations by employees.
  • The “resource” most desired by respondents (31%) was a more open culture around mental health.

Employers are deepening their investment in supporting mental health at work through company culture, but still haven’t achieved true culture change.

  • 32% more respondents believe that mental health was actually prioritized at their company (54% in 2021; 41% in 2019).
  • 27% more respondents believe their company leaders were advocates for mental health at work (47% in 2021; 37% in 2019). 21% more respondents believe that their manager was equipped to support them if they had a mental health condition or symptom (47% in 2021; 39% in 2019).

The study indicates an overarching theme that the future of workplace mental health is through employer investment in culture change—including sustainable ways of working. Employers must shift their view of mental health from being an “individual’s issue” to a company priority. Mind Share Partners’ Ecosystem of a Mentally Healthy Workplace Framework highlights how everyone within an organization has a role in influencing and changing the broader culture around work and mental health.

“The past year has highlighted the impact mental health has had on so many of our colleagues and employees,” said Qualtrics Chief People Officer Julia Anas. “Whether employees need someone to talk to, flexibility to take care of themselves, their families and friends, or recognition for their success, it’s imperative that company leaders listen, understand, and lead with empathy in helping employees find solutions. Each individual is unique, so there is not a one-size-fits-all approach, but it starts with listening, followed by taking action.”

“We are not the same workers we once were,” said Nick Tzitzon, Chief Strategy and Corporate Affairs Officer at ServiceNow. “As leaders, we need the grace and imagination to open the conversation about mental health, starting and supporting frank, sometimes difficult, conversations in the workplace.”

This study is based on collected responses from 1,500 individuals via an online survey from May 21, 2021 to June 18, 2021 through Qualtrics. To download the full findings please visit: www.mindsharepartners.org/mentalhealthatworkreport-2021-download

About Mind Share Partners

Mind Share Partners is a national nonprofit that is changing the culture of workplace mental health so that both employees and organizations can thrive. It does this by building public awareness, hosting communities to support employee resource groups (or affinity groups) and professionals, and providing workplace mental health training and strategic advising to leading companies. Learn more at www.mindsharepartners.org.

About Qualtrics

Qualtrics, the world’s #1 Experience Management (XM) provider and creator of the XM category, is changing the way organizations manage and improve the four core experiences of business—customer, employee, product, and brand. Over 13,500 organizations around the world are using Qualtrics to listen, understand, and take action on experience data (X-data™)—the beliefs, emotions, and intentions that tell you why things are happening, and what to do about it. To learn more, please visit qualtrics.com.

About ServiceNow

ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW) is making the world of work, work better for people. Our cloud‑based platform and solutions deliver digital workflows that create great experiences and unlock productivity for employees and the enterprise. For more information, visit: servicenow.com.

Contacts

Nina Tomaro

Marketing and Communications Lead

Mind Share Partners

ntomaro@mindsharepartners.org

Erica Evans

Qualtrics Public Relations

press@qualtrics.com

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Sana Announces Results of 2021 State of Employer Health Insurance Report

  • Findings quantify the detrimental effects of high costs on SMBs; 54% of those surveyed are unsatisfied with their health insurance plans
  • 41% of respondents indicated their health insurance rates had increased 5 to 10% over the past year
  • Demand is increasing for mental health (including virtual mental health) to be a part of the employer benefits package

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sana, a health care company that provides Fortune 500-level health benefits to small businesses at affordable prices, has announced the release of its 2021 State of Employer Health Insurance Report, a survey of health insurance decision-makers at small and medium businesses. The inaugural Sana survey engaged over 1,000 health insurance decision-makers at small and medium sized businesses.

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Designed to address challenges these decision-makers face when managing employee insurance plans, the survey found that many employers have incorrect assumptions about health insurance processes. Many are also unsatisfied with their current course of action for their employees’ health insurance benefits.

These survey results set a benchmark for industry trends and help employers and employees understand how their health care costs stack up to national norms. Key findings include:

  • 87% of health care decision-makers think they are locked into their health insurance contract when it is very rarely the case. If a business is unhappy with its insurance company, it can switch to a new one at any time. The monopolistic nature of health insurance, being dominated by 1-2 companies in any given state, is likely why small businesses don’t switch even when their rates keep increasing year over year.
  • 40% of individuals surveyed haven’t switched health insurance carriers in over five years. If small businesses aren’t at least looking around for other options, they are likely leaving money on the table.
  • Employees want better mental health benefits. Mental health benefits are taking up a small percentage of health care spending and lag behind dental and vision. Still, the demand is increasing for mental health (including virtual mental health) to be a part of the employer benefits package.

“Small businesses are seeing more and more of their operating budgets depleted by the rising cost of health care,” said Will Young, CEO and co-founder of Sana. “Between industry jargon, misleading myths, and a lack of transparency, it can be difficult to navigate the world of health insurance and employee benefits. We wanted to conduct a survey to better understand the challenges businesses face when it comes to providing health care to the 50% of Americans that depend on their employer health plans.”

To access the full 2021 State of Employer Health Insurance Report, click here.

About Sana

Sana provides small businesses with Fortune 500-level health care at prices they can afford. Through value-based care, the Sana Care ecosystem of world-class providers, direct primary care, and more, Sana is reducing the cost of high-quality care. Sana is making it easier than ever to administer benefits for employers and offers simplified health plans and top-notch customer service to employees. Sana is providing a total health care solution to small businesses that drives down costs while simultaneously delivering an exceptional quality of care.

Contacts

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Sarah Armstrong

sana@treblepr.com

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2,000 Employees Across 15+ Industries Reveal Bad Managers and Burnout Are Causing Them To Quit, Joining The Great Resignation; Hybrid Work Challenges and Poor Communication Are also Key Factors

The Predictive Index Surveyed Thousands of Employees To Find Out What Is Contributing To the Record Number of Open Jobs and To Give Business Leaders Insight Into the Challenges Ahead

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#dreamteam–One of the biggest stories dominating headlines today is the record 9.2 million job openings available as millions of Americans quit en masse—better known as The Great Resignation. To uncover why people are leaving their jobs, The Predictive Index surveyed nearly 2,000 employees across 15+ industries in a new report published today, The 2021 People Management Report.

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The report found that 48% of employees have thought about changing careers in the past 12 months, and 63% of those with a bad manager are thinking of leaving in the next 12 months.

“Even in today’s climate, attrition often has less to do with physical safety, and more to do with psychological safety,” said Jackie Dube, SVP of Talent Optimization at The Predictive Index. “For organizations to avoid The Great Resignation, they need to listen to their people and mount a Great Retention instead. Whether it’s the flexibility of working where they want, when they want, or the freedom to take time off and recharge, employees are placing a premium on workplace empathy.”

Key Findings:

The Chilling Effects of Burnout

  • Burnout is contagious. While 36% of respondents said they feel their manager is burned out, 40% said they feel burned out, and 45% said their team members seem burned out.
  • When asked if they agreed with the statement, “Many of my team members seem burned out at work,” 73% of people with burned-out managers agreed vs. just 22% of those with managers who aren’t burned out.

The Hybrid Work Disconnect

  • 46% of companies are adopting fully remote or hybrid work models moving forward.
  • Though 60% of employees work almost entirely on-site, only 49% actually want to.

Communication is #1

  • While manager communication was the second-most valued skill among respondents, it was the No. 1 skill they felt managers lack most. When compared to results from the previous report, communication shot up four spots on the list, from number five to number one.
  • When asked to select the top three skills managers lack, respondents chose effective communicator (18%), drives team morale (17%), and asks for feedback (17%).

A full copy of The 2021 People Management Report is available at: https://www.predictiveindex.com/2021-people-management-report/

About The Predictive Index

The Predictive Index (PI) is an award-winning talent optimization platform that aligns business strategy with people strategy for optimal business results. Sixty years of proven science, software, and a robust curriculum of insightful management workshops make PI the solution for any company looking to design great teams and culture, make objective hiring decisions, and inspire greatness in their people anywhere in the world. More than 8,000 clients use PI—including AstraZeneca, Blue Cross Blue Shield, TD Bank, LVMH, and Omni Hotels—across 142+ countries. Learn more at https://www.predictiveindex.com/.

Contacts

Media:
Jennifer Moebius (she/her)

VP of Marketing

The Predictive Index

1-800-832-8884

jmoebius@predictiveindex.com