August 5, 2016

This week in the workplace: Pay transparency, podcasts, the future of hiring, and Hillary's big promotion




Now illegal in Massachusetts: Asking about previous salary in a job interview. On Monday Massachusetts made it illegal for employers to ask prospective hires for salary history. The law is one of many in the last year that have stepped up efforts to close the gender pay gap. Asking for salary info is a common practice: companies typically use new hires’ previous pay as a baseline for what to offer as a starting salary. While that might not seem discriminatory in nature, millions of hires later, women make 79 cents for every dollar that men earn. And as an employee you should know that you can’t be discouraged from talking to peers about each other’s salaries. It’s 2016 and workers are taking a stand for pay transparency and better employer practices.


Ever ask a candidate who turns down an offer for feedback? You should. Consultant Ben Dattner gives employers six questions they should ask every candidate who says no to an offer. Getting this kind of input (and for free!) is an invaluable way for your organization to figure out what you’re doing well and get a crash course in what areas you need to work on.


How we’re forecasting the hiring of tomorrow with what we’re doing today. Our founder sets out her vision for what hiring will look like in 20 years, and how the path she’s taken has made her sure it’s better than where we are today.


What to do when you disagree with your boss on a prospective hire? Software developer Jim Schumacher recounts details of interviews past, including the mundane, morbid and mortifying in this week’s installment of our podcast “Interview the Interviewer”.


America loves women like Hillary Clinton–as long as they’re not asking for a promotion. Writer Sady Doyle reminds us that until recently, America loved Hillary; and chalks the recent spirit of distrust around the candidate’s political dealings to an anecdote of our society’s backlash against women who demonstrate ambition and desire for power.


A guide for white allies confronting racial injustice. And as I think many teams are lately, we’ve been exchanging hard to answer questions and incredulities on race in America today and the role of race in our respective experiences as we trade stories. This guide has been a helpful place to start the conversation.


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