5 Biggest News Stories of the Week: April 14

As the saying goes, the news never stops. In this weekly news roundup, we’ll cover the top news stories impacting American workplaces and communities. 

 1. Challenges of Allyship: Understanding LGBTQ+ Perceptions of Workplace Support and Action

Workplace discrimination and exclusion remain significant challenges for LGBTQ+ workers, with many feeling closeted at work and facing unwelcoming environments.  

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation surveyed LGBTQ+ individuals to determine whether someone is an ally. The research found that being a good ally has three components: being accepting, taking action and having humility.  

Acceptance is foundational to allyship, but acting is also important, as solely being accepting is not enough to maximize allyship. Taking action includes speaking out against discrimination, seeking out opportunities to learn about LGBTQ+ issues and confronting interpersonal and systemic biases. Despite the challenges of taking action, it is the most important component of allyship for enhancing LGBTQ+ individuals’ well-being.  

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 2. North Dakota Governor Signs Three Bills to Address Workforce Challenges

Governor Doug Burgum has signed three bills to address workforce challenges in North Dakota. 

The bills include a scholarship program of up to $6,000 for college students who meet enrollment and GPA requirements to participate in high-demand apprenticeship programs, approval of the H2A Visa Program to allow employers to hire non-immigrant foreign staff on a temporary or seasonal basis to support agricultural workers and state funding for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Job Placement Pilot Program to connect recently released or soon-to-be-released ex-offenders with in-demand jobs in the state.  

During DiversityInc’s 2022 Top 50 Companies for Diversity event, Dr. Damon Phillips, Professor of Management at The Wharton School, said hiring returning citizens helps companies focus on hiring marginalized and underrepresented groups.  

“The lifetime imprisonment for Black males is one in three. It’s one in six for Latino men. But fewer people are aware that lesbian, gay and bisexual people are incarcerated at three times the rate of straight people. This is something which captures a lot of the groups that we think about and care about.”   

WATCH: 2022 DiversityInc Top 50 Panel: Cutting Edge Research on DEI in the Workplace 

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3. New Study Reveals Loneliness in the Workplace Hits Over Half of Women, Especially in Leadership Roles

New research by TheLi.st, Berlin Cameron and Benenson Strategy Group reveals that 53% of women in the workplace experience loneliness, and it becomes worse as they climb the corporate ladder.  

The study found that almost 30% of senior-level women feel they have no one to talk to about work, leading to burnout and stress. Loneliness at work is also linked to physical and mental health issues. Women are leaving leadership positions due to overwork, lack of recognition and a desire for a more flexible and inclusive workplace culture.  

Loneliness also disproportionately affects women of color, with only one in five women of color feeling respected at work, according to the study. The need to reimagine success and create more supportive work environments is emphasized to address the workplace mental health crisis and pipeline problem for women leaders. 

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4. Remote Job Competition Heats Up as Postings Decline and Outsourcing Overseas Increases

Competition for remote jobs in the U.S. is getting tougher as job postings decline and some companies outsource remote work overseas.  

As of March, only 13% of job postings were remote, down from 17% in 2022. Economists predict the share of remote postings could fall to 10% by the end of 2023. Offshoring of remote jobs may increase in the coming years, impacting service support jobs.  

Despite advantages for job seekers, such as the ability to apply for remote positions from anywhere, the job search for remote work may be challenging. 

 5. Job Spotlight: Operations Consulting & Transformation Manager at Accenture

Accenture (No. 1 on DiversityInc’s 2022 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list) is currently hiring for the position of Operations Consulting & Transformation Manager in Houston, TX.  

The main responsibilities of this role include engaging with key client stakeholders to understand their business priorities, developing proposals to address client requirements, monitoring and recording changes in scope or schedule and more. This position requires strong leadership skills, project management expertise and the ability to effectively communicate with clients and stakeholders. 

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