The Forbes Just 100 list, which recognizes companies acting responsibly in terms of pay equity, diversity and inclusion, includes profiles of the eight women leading companies on the list, such as Gail Boudreaux of Anthem, Corie Barry of Best Buy and Michele Buck of Hershey. They and other Just 100 CEOs are "5.6 times more likely than their counterparts to have set diversity and inclusion targets for their workforce, and they're more than seven times likelier to offer childcare subsidies to their employees," writes Maggie McGrath.
This year has too many people searching for a fairy tale ending instead of realizing that hope emerges from confronting the ugly realities of life, LaRae Quy writes. "Hope boils down to this: We have reason to believe we can grow to become a better person in the future and that there are ways we can move toward that growth," she writes.
The pre-pandemic migration from large American cities to the suburbs and small towns is continuing, write demographers Wendell Cox and Joel Kotkin. The most expensive cities, such as New York, will continue to be attractive but will also face competition from less expensive alternatives around the country, they argue.
Decentralized industrial companies feel a greater sense of ownership, shared language and a desire to improve upon the current state of operations, writes Olli Lauren, citing Egon Zehnder research. Centralized companies also have benefits, especially if they're more capital-intensive, Lauren writes.
Your video setup, how you present yourself and how you connect emotionally are three distinct but equally important parts to how you act like a leader during online interactions, writes Scott Eblin. "If you want to be the energizing online leader, be intentional about taking the time to connect on a personal level at the beginning and end of meetings," he writes.
Unemployment is harder on men, because they derive much of their identity from their jobs, particularly those in industrial work such as oil and gas. "It's freaking embarrassing to be looking for a job with my boys upstairs hearing me," says Chuck Welsh, a pseudonym for a man laid off from natural gas company Archrock.
Crew members aboard the International Space Station located an air leak that had plagued them since last year by releasing tea leaves, which coalesced around a tiny crack in the wall. The leak has been temporarily fixed with tape while the crew seeks a more permanent solution.
Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden take different policy approaches to workplace flexibility, health care, equity and other labor issues, writes Deborah Stadtler, managing editor at the Society of Human Resource Management's Executive Network. Even in areas with agreement, such as paid leave, the candidates would take different legislative approaches.
Diversity and inclusion programs can fail when the people leading them are improperly trained, assumptions are made about people's cultural values and top leadership neglects to set a good example, writes Yale leadership professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld. "Measuring the progress of these programs is difficult, but doable -- and critical," he writes.