Five Practices and Three Myths That Fuel Inequality
Many social and economic factors have been blamed for rising inequality. But the crucial role of organizations usually gets overlooked.
Inequality Hurts Companies, Even as They Contribute to It
"Top managers need to understand how inequality affects the performance of their firms and their business environment,” a researcher says.
How Social Ladder Climbers Can Help Companies
“When there are cultural issues and misunderstandings, these people are highly likely to be the folks who can help everybody understand one another," a researcher says.
12 Challenges Faced by Employees from Poorer Families
"People don’t think very carefully, or at all, about organizations being places that should provide socioeconomic mobility and opportunities for people who just happen to be born poorer,” a researcher notes.
Openly Discussing a Taboo Topic: Mistreated Workers
Employers seem to be more sensitive to employees’ claims of mistreatment at work. But employees’ perceptions of mistreatment vary, creating challenges for managers.
Workers Feeling Exploited May Be More Common Than You Think
"The consequences can be emotional, like anger and guilt. And they can have behavioral consequences that are detrimental to the organization," according to a researcher.
Two Little-Known Ways Managers Can Influence Laws
Managers can adopt internal policies to guide vague laws or offer innovative products or services to change policies.