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Here is our Weekly roundup to keep you wonderful lot updated on what’s been shaking the Tech, Comms and HR world this week. But before we jump into it, don’t forget to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a story you want to share! Whether it’s about leadership, HR, innovation, company culture or communications, share it with us and we’ll feature your post in our upcoming issue.
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Many people assume diversity and inclusion (D&I) programmes are only relevant to large companies with big budgets. But the secret to an effective D&I programme isn’t monetary resources or dedicated teams. Making best use of company assets, including leadership and culture, can have a great impact on a company’s journey to a truly equal workplace.
Knowing that increased diversity is a business win, why shouldn’t businesses of all sizes capitalize on the advantages of a diverse workforce?
One of the biggest fears about salary information becoming public is that it will highlight a discrepancy where two people doing the same thing or performing at the same level are paid different amounts. Consider the allegations that Google has discriminated against its female employees. According to the subsequent U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit, Google would not give up the goods when it came to disclosing employees’ salary histories.
That was, and is, a problem because, when salary discussions are off limits, employers can more easily discriminate on various grounds — and employees can’t prove it, despite their suspicions. Consequently, whether the motivation is disclosure requirements or simply the desire for more transparency, openness about salaries promises to become an even bigger issue for businesses. So, Which comes first: performance or compensation? Check this out!
More than four in 10 (42%) UK businesses have canceled digital projects in the past two years, losing on average £483,690 each time, a study by Fujitsu has found. Its global Digital Transformation PACT study revealed that 73% of UK leaders felt there was a clear lack of digital skills, and 87% believed attracting “digitally native staff” would be vital to their success in the next three years.
A lack of digital skills was the biggest hindrance to cybersecurity efforts for 82% of respondents, while two-thirds worry that this will hamper their ability to adapt to artificial intelligence as it becomes more important for businesses in the coming years. The cost of canceled digital projects in the UK was higher than the global average, according to Fujitsu – £483,690 as opposed to £423,534 – and globally, a third had canceled projects, compared with 42% in the UK.
What can we do to overcome this serious issue?
It’s easy to forget that Huawei, the Chinese multinational networking, and telecommunications giant, is the world’s third-largest smartphone maker. Perhaps that’s because the UK — and indeed the US, on the off occasion a product is actually launched there — haven’t exactly been enamored with its efforts. That’s a shame. While Huawei’s devices might lack the glitz and glamour of an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy, they’re just as well built. The Mate 9, launched last year, is a hugely underrated big screen phone, which did slim bezels way before they were cool. Even the typically odd software, a sticking point for those looking to switch to a Huawei, was vastly improved over previous devices, though it still isn’t as slick as the stock version of Android that ships on the Google Pixel.
Huawei hopes that its new Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro can crack the mainstream in a way that its other devices, however good they might be, rarely do. It is, however, going about it in an odd way. Like Google, Huawei is pushing the power of machine learning to help users take better photos and accelerate apps like universal translation. Is this going to give Huawei a decisive advantage in the marketplace?
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– the Beem Team