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  • 4 steps to address mental health challenges at work

    Aug 11, 2021

    The events of the past year and a half have had a significant impact on employee mental health, but concerns about stigmatization can prevent staff members from discussing what they are going through. Here are four strategies for employees to disclose the issues they are facing, beginning with self-reflection. Harvard Business Review (tiered subscription model) (7/30)

  • Research: Respecting pronouns supports LGBTQ youth

    Aug 11, 2021

    More than a quarter of LGBTQ youth identify as nonbinary, and another one-fifth say they are questioning or unsure if they are nonbinary, according to a Trevor Project survey. Respecting the pronouns chosen by LGBTQ youth is associated with better mental health and quality of life, the Trevor Project says. TIME (tiered subscription model) (7/12)

  • Working to close opportunity gaps for Black Americans

    Aug 11, 2021

    A relatively small group of professions -- including those categorized as financial services and professional services -- account for a large portion of the wage gap affecting Black Americans, according to McKinsey. Business leaders can build pipelines for advancement by working with schools and looking to drive change in managerial roles. Harvard Business Review (tiered subscription model) (7/14)

  • Taking steps to overcome unconscious bias

    Aug 11, 2021

    Working to understand and take responsibility for unconscious bias is crucial for ultimately mitigating it. Senior team members can counter unconscious bias and amplify the voices of junior members when they introduce them by providing more information about who they are and what they have done. Reuters (7/23)

  • Collaboration magnifies ERG influence

    Aug 11, 2021

    Collaboration among employee resource groups multiplies their influence and boosts equity across the organization. To foster partnerships, be sure to enlist executive sponsors, facilitate conversations among ERG leaders and encourage groups to co-host events. Forbes (tiered subscription model) (7/28)

  • Tips for small firms to recruit diverse groups of employees

    Aug 11, 2021

    Persistence is critical for small accounting firms to attract diverse talent, according to participants on a recent panel during the ENGAGE conference in Las Vegas. Mentorship programs, buy-in from top leadership and efforts to reach people before they start college can widen the talent pipeline. Accounting Today (free registration) (7/30)

  • Study: Hiring committee composition affects diversity outcomes

    Aug 11, 2021

    Employers may find more diverse groups of employees when recruitment committees are led by women or people of color, according to a study appearing in the Journal of Applied Psychology. The study emphasizes the key role that hiring managers' networks play in attracting candidates from a broad range of backgrounds. HuffPost (7/20)

  • Why younger people may prefer in-person work

    Aug 11, 2021

    Forty percent of recent college graduates and students want fully in-person work environments, compared with just 12% of office workers overall, surveys have found. Young people say they want office community and amenities, in-person feedback, and mentoring. Axios (7/13)

  • How to effectively support working parents during a crisis

    Aug 11, 2021

    Flexibility, empathy and clear expectations are critical for meeting the needs of working parents during difficult times. The pandemic has highlighted the potential for crises to upend the work and social schedules of parents, and mothers may be particularly affected, according to one study. Journal of Accountancy print issue (8/2021)

  • Black CPA Centennial

    Aug 11, 2021

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Young People Push Back Against Gender Categories By: Margot Alder- As society has become more accepting of gays, lesbians, and even transgender people, a new generation of young people is challenging those categories in favor of a more fluid understanding of gender.

Affirmative Reaction by Bill Keller - Why a Supreme Court ruling against affirmative action might be a blessing in disguise.

Census Benchmark for White Americans: More Deaths than Births by Sam Roberts - The data, recorded for the first time in at least a century, showed further evidence that white Americans will become a minority within three decades.

Same-sex couples: Celebrate, then call a CPA by Jonnelle Marte - The Supreme Court's action, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act will have an impact on financial and tax planning strategies for same-sex couples, experts say. These may be especially complicated for couples living in states that do not recognize same-sex unions.