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The Importance of Companies Having a Learning and Development Budget

When it comes to trimming a company’s fat, the learning and development (L&D) budget is often first to go. Seen as a luxury, it’s always been under tremendous strain. But, with rising labour costs and rampant inflation, it’s now an indulgence too many companies can ill-afford. That’s a severe mistake. Cutting your business’s learning and …

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πŸ—£ You Ask: Can you suggest an activity/habit to help me engage with my privilege?

Hi Hustle Crew! I want to develop some new habits in my life to help me engage more with my privilege and have more empathy for folks from different backgrounds who could be facing structural oppression that I do not experience myself. Is there one new habit or activity you can suggest I start with? …

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πŸ—£ You Ask: How can I hold my company accountable without being seen as difficult or demanding?

I’m the only Black woman in my company and I’m disheartened to see no response from the company or anyone in a leadership position about the Black Lives Matter movement. How can I hold them accountable to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace without putting myself in a position where I could be seen as …

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πŸ—£ You Ask: As a white person, how do I create change without overstepping?

How do white people make sure that the work they are creating is truly representative without giving Black people more work to do? I have had this challenge before and created a research group with Black colleagues but it felt like (a) I was giving them the work to do to tell me that I …

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πŸ—£ You Ask: How can I help as a straight, white man?

I’m a straight, white man asking myself questions like, β€œam I doing my best? Have I been part of overt racism? Why isn’t my company more diverse?” I’m also reflecting on what I am doing already e.g. existing efforts I make to help Black professionals and other underrepresented people in our industry. That said, I …

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πŸ—£ You Ask: Blind Hiring & Retaining Diversity

Some hiring managers have been asking me about implementing blind hiring into our hiring process. I tend to disagree with this type of process because I feel it perpetuates systemic issues on not providing enough tools/resources/opportunities to candidates from under-resourced/marginalized communities. I’ve told my team members that filling the deck with diverse candidates won’t bring …

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