Building A High-Status Network Can Backfire For Women
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by Adi
11h ago
Women at work are often told to connect with high-status people to get ahead. However new research from Carnegie Mellon in both China and the US shows that this strategy can backfire for women. On average, women face challenges at work – they’re less likely to be in management, get less credit for their work, and aren’t as valued for their expertise as men. The usual advice is for women to connect with high-status individuals, thinking it will help them catch up to men in terms of status. Building your network Connecting with high-status people can be helpful for two reasons. First, these conn ..read more
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How Language Support Helps Immigrants Find Work
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by Adi
11h ago
A recent study from the University at Buffalo reveals that immigrant men facing challenges in English proficiency have a better shot at employment when assisted by bilingual adults in their community. Surprisingly, this assistance doesn’t seem to have a similar impact on women dealing with the same language barrier. The study takes a broader perspective on language proficiency and job outcomes, considering not just individual factors but also introducing the concept of “community-level language resources.” This term refers to the percentage of bilingual adults in a community who share the same ..read more
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Successful Disability Initiatives Benefit Employers As Well As Employees
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by Adi
4d ago
Research from Utah State University indicates that successful employer-driven disability initiatives share common traits, even when the companies and programs differ in other aspects. The study reveals that companies with leadership teams committed to including people with disabilities and guided by values deeply embedded in their organizations tend to experience improved performance, positive employee perceptions, and a cohesive, unified culture. The effectiveness of disability-inclusive actions and practices is influenced by how faithfully and prominently they are integrated into the organiz ..read more
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The Risks Associated With AI-Generated Content
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by Adi
4d ago
As generative AI tools, like ChatGPT, mushroomed in popularity in the past 18 months, a growing number of publications have been turning to it to generate content. Research from the University of Alberta highlights the risks associated with this trend. The paper discusses the risks associated with using generative chatbots for content generation. The authors delve into what they refer to as “botshit,” which they define as inaccurate or fabricated content produced by chatbots. Human supervision “Our paper explains that when this jumble of truth and falsehood is used for work tasks, it can becom ..read more
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Housing Issues Blight Refugees In The UK
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by Adi
4d ago
Two new reports from research led by the University of Huddersfield highlight housing and homelessness issues during the cost-of-living crunch. The researchers collaborated with the Northern Housing Consortium and the Center for Homelessness Impact on these reports. They examine poor-quality housing and connections between refugee resettlement and homelessness. The first report, “Living in Fear,” zooms in on housing in the north of England. It’s based on chats with renters and homeowners during the early days of COVID-19 and in 2023. The report suggests a three-step plan for the government to ..read more
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Inclusive Leadership Helps To Boost Employee Retention
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by Adi
4d ago
Keeping employees is a big deal for companies worldwide, and a recent study from Edith Cowan University (ECU) suggests that how leaders lead can really affect how employees feel about their jobs. The research discovered that having leaders who include everyone is super important for organizations. It helps set up an environment where employees can have a meaningful and satisfying work experience. “Inclusive leadership is not just about embracing diversity. It is the art of weaving an extraordinarily rich tapestry of talents, ideals, and perspectives into the very fabric of organizational succe ..read more
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Why Are Universities Not Making Us More Productive?
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by Adi
5d ago
Universities have long been thought of as the engines of the economy, providing the intellectual heft by which innovation occurs. Research from Duke Fuqua questions this narrative, and ponders whether universities really have the positive impact on productivity we assume them to have. The researchers suggest that during the post-war years, universities didn’t tend to play much of a role in the innovation process, with private businesses leading the way. This period coincided with business investment into R&D that was four times higher than that by universities, with companies often wieldin ..read more
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Digital Nomads Demand Changes To Societal Norms
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by Adi
5d ago
The Covid pandemic opened the eyes of millions to the joys of remote working and untethering oneself from a physical workplace, but for digital nomads this has long been a way of life. It’s estimated that there are around 17 million nomads in the United States alone, with this number growing rapidly in recent years as countries around the world have begun offering digital nomad visas in an attempt to attract these knowledge workers. People in rich countries are starting to ditch the idea of the “good life” their parents had. The environment is in trouble, jobs are harder to get and keep, and b ..read more
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How Our Friends Can Disrupt Our Retirement Plans
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by Adi
5d ago
It’s reasonably well established that people don’t tend to save enough for their retirement. Research from BerkeleyHaas suggests that the lives our peers present to us on social media may be one factor that’s putting us off. “Our neighbors don’t put out a sign showing how much they’ve set aside for retirement, but it’s easy to see the new car sitting in their driveway,” the researchers explain. “The fact is, observations of someone consuming are more salient than observations of someone saving, and so we observe more of those signals, and we give them more weight in our own decision-making.” P ..read more
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Creating A Multi-Generational Workforce That Thrives
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by Adi
6d ago
It’s increasingly the case that our workplaces are multi-generational environments. I wrote recently about the challenges presented by managers being younger than those they lead, but that is but one of the challenges a multi-generational workplace presents. With the number of over 65s in the workplace doubling, the age gap between the youngest and oldest employees in a typical workplace is likely to be considerable. Unfulfilled promise It’s well established that diverse workforces can be beneficial, with research showing that diverse organizations are usually more profitable precisely be ..read more
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