Reviewing This Week on Make HR Happen – Thinking About Our Prejudices

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The topics related to waging war on discrimination, stereotypes, bias, and prejudice seem to be popular among my readers. I have often said that I write mostly for myself, but there is a certain feeling of gratification when the numbers show that people are actually reading the articles that I write. This week it seems that there was a double dose of satisfaction because I talked about things that are of particular interest to me and there was discussion on all levels. When we all contribute it means much more than just the efforts of one person.

Monday tackled the problems associated with reinforced generational stereotypes and that was followed on Tuesday by exploring the cause and effect of gender perceptions. An always popular topic of mine, hiring former military personnel into the corporate world, actually generated comments from people I had never met before. I found some new allies in that area and some new friends. The hottest post of the week was a discussion of how the unemployed are faced with discrimination in spite of the fact that they would be qualified candidates and would be conscientious employees. This apparently has affected more people than I realized. Finally, a surprise to me was the reaction to a “stir-the-pot” look at requiring college degrees for jobs where there is no hard evidence it is required. I expected controversy, but it seems most agreed with it.

All of these topics deserve more discussion. Often we brush up against unfounded discrimination and brush it aside. Perhaps a call to action needs to be included with these discussions to find lasting solutions instead of just generating talk. As usual, comments are welcome here or on any individual post.

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September 2 - Reinforcing Generational Stereotypes – If there is any hot button that raises my fur it is when people make assumptions about me or others by assigning them to a particular generational bucket. Not being a fan of oversimplified infographics, I was particularly annoyed at one that I saw last week showing how to provide incentives to each of four different generation types.  – more –


September 3 – Experience Can Be Our Worst Enemy – Many of the stereotypes we believe to be absolute truths are the result of personal experiences that confirm the worst in other people. When we act on our prejudices about someone that is “not like us” we never stop to think about our thoughts from another point of view.  – more –


September 4 - Military Hiring Is Not About Politics – In my recent travels I found myself with a couple of hours to kill between flights in Atlanta. Standing under one of the departure display screens was a group of uniformed U.S. Army personnel looking at connecting flights. – more –


September 5 - Unemployment Bias in Hiring – How bad is it for the unemployed today? If we were able to discount the disappointment, helplessness, and feelings of inadequacies caused by the loss of a job, there is still the daunting task of looking for work in an almost hostile environment in a weak economy. It seems that everybody is looking for a new opportunity. – more –



September 6 – Rethinking College Degree Requirements in Hiring – Truthfully, I need to do much more research before engaging in a debate on the value of a college degree. I have always been a staunch advocate for education, my mentors have always pushed me to go to college, and I passed that mental legacy on to my children. Things change.  – more –