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Communication holds key to M&As

As companies conduct cross-border courtships and inter-marry , the one glue needed to hold all the pieces together seems to be missing. Language and communication skills seem to be the one major casualty of the technical education pursued by most managers and coveted by most employers. However successful an organisation, the lack of proper language skills can derail the most audacious merger or turn the most breath-taking innovation into an ordinary process shift.

That’s probably why Astra-Zeneca , Boeing and Citigroup have all hired well-known poet David Whyte to figure out how to conduct conversations within their organisations.

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UK Employers plan positive Diversity Recruitment

Employers in Britain are planning to more aggressively recruit gay, disabled, female and Asian workers in 2007 and 2008, a new poll reveals.

More than 215 hiring managers and 500 workers were surveyed for job site CareerBuilder.co.uk by Harris Interactive and 21 per cent said that they planned to enhance their recruitment process for women, 16 per cent for disabled workers, 13 per cent for Asian workers and gay/lesbian workers (eight per cent).

A quarter of employers polled (26 per cent) said that they planned to increase their staff numbers by more in the last six months of 2007 than the first, with nearly 49 per cent of bosses hiring more workers in the first half of the year.

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BBC fails to meet Diversity Targets

BBC fails to meet Diversity Targets


Diversity experts have applauded the decision by BBC executives to forgo their bonuses collectively worth £350,000, after the broadcaster failed to meet its diversity targets.

The corporation set itself stringent targets in 2004 of increasing the percentage of black and minority ethnic staff to 12.5% and 7% at senior management level, to be met by 31 December 2007.

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Global Diversity Career Expos for 2007 & 2008

The upcoming Global Diversiy Career Expos for 2007 & 2008 have been announced. "In today's borderless workplaces and marketplaces and at the peak of the “global war for talent”, these exceptional global diversity career expos and multilingual job fairs take diversity recruiting beyond race, gender and all other aspects commonly mistaken for it [diversity], thus helping employers achieve optimal global capability and true inclusion through strategically acquired multilingual and multicultural workforce, whether operating locally or internationally" said Mohamed Ly, MultiLingualPros.com Executive Director. "These events respond to an increasingly vital need for organizations of all sizes to effectively combine global capabilities with strategically developed local resources in order to succeed in an era of borderless marketplaces".

These events also offer seminar/conference components with focus on career development:

- affording powerful effective employer branding opportunities to diversity-committed and global organizations thru corporate presentations by company officials

- and lining up top diversity experts and employment/career coaches to share a wealth of information (strategic job search and career tips) for multilingual, multicultural and international candidates to become more competitive while fully leveraging their potentials to maximize their success in the workplace and contribution to society.

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Union publishes Safety Guide for Migrant Workers

The TUC has published an employers’ guide to help ensure the safety of migrant workers.

The document, Safety and Migrant Workers, warns employers that many migrant staff are more vulnerable than UK employees to illness, injuries or death at work due to a lack of safety training, non-existent or inadequate safety clothing and equipment, and poor English skills.

Problems with language and a poor understanding of the culture in British workplaces means that some ‘rogue employers’ are likely to be cutting corners and risking the health of their migrant workforce.

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Monster Launches "Top Companies for Diversity"

Monster®, the leading global online careers and recruitment resource and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc.  today announced the Monster Top Companies for Diversity TM a comprehensive, employee-focused quantitative assessment methodology for evaluating a companys diversity and inclusion performance against a national standard. Monsters Top Companies for Diversity measures the perceptions of a companys employees regarding the employers performance on specific diversity factors across three broad categories: organizational commitment to diversity, fairness in compensation and culture of inclusion; results are then compared against an established national benchmark for analysis.

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Asian applicant takes Amec Utilities to tribunal for Racial Discrimination

An Asian man was turned down for a job at a top engineering firm, but then offered an interview when he re-applied posing as a British man with a double-barrelled name, a tribunal heard last week.

Qamar Malik said he was rejected by Amec Utilities only to be offered an interview two days later under the name of Mr R Lloyd-Hilbert. An employment tribunal in Cardiff was told the fictitious second candidate was a year older and was less qualified for the £30,000-a-year job than Malik.

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Companies not Tapping into Diversity

Reports today that only 50% of organisations in the UK have a formal diversity strategy to help guide recruitment practice. This is according to a survey entitled "Recruitment, Retention and Turnover" by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This research suggests that many organisations are failing to tap into the relatively underused sources of potential labour to help overcome the persistent recruitment and retention difficulties that they face today.

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