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Human Resource Executive
Building a respectful and inclusive workplace is a constant journey, but the new year offers HR a vital chance to recalibrate with mission, vision and values. And in a potentially hostile election year, this reset is more crucial than ever. Recent findings from the Society for Human Resource Management’s The State of Global Workplace Culture in 2023 report reflect the grim reality of organizational culture: Globally, only about half of workers feel their employers have cracked the code on fostering respectful interactions. The study, based on responses from over 11,000 employees across 15 countries, reveals that employees who rate their workplace culture highly are more satisfied and committed to their organizations.
HR Drive
When Claudine Gay resigned as president of Harvard University on Jan. 2, she did so amid a swirl of controversy that was not only damaging to her personally, but also to Harvard overall. While Gay’s situation, which involved criticism over the university’s handling of antisemitism on campus and accusations of plagiarism, was highly unusual and unlike what most corporate leaders would ever face at one time, HR leaders can learn from her experience — and avoid the same happening at their companies, said Stephen Paskoff, CEO of Employment Learning Innovations (ELI) and a former EEOC and employment law attorney.
Claudine Gay took the helm as president of Harvard University in July 2023, becoming the first person of color to lead the institution in its 388-year history. Just six months later, the academic scholar stepped down from her position amid controversy over accusations of antisemitism and mounting claims that she plagiarized past work. Her tenure is the shortest in the school’s history.
In December, President Joe Biden announced the release of its Fall 2023 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, outlining the actions administrative agencies plan to issue in the near and long term. Days later, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published its regulatory agenda for the first time in over two years, joining other labor agencies in outlining key rulemaking goals for 2024.
Artificial intelligence, economic volatility and political unrest influenced how employers approached inclusion, equity and diversity (IE&D) in 2023. With a U.S. presidential election on the horizon in 2024, several workplace experts forecast the impact IE&D will have on employers and employees this year.
Phnesha Jefferson worked as a federal employee for over a decade. One of her more notable roles was serving as the chief of employee and labor relations for the U.S. Air Force. “My position afforded me a unique vantage point,” Jefferson said. “I am an African American woman who served in a leadership role, and I also managed the office responsible for employee grievances and often provided consultative services during the EEO [equal employment opportunity] complaint process.”
HR Morning
Since its establishment on July 2, 1965, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been committed to its mission of eradicating workplace discrimination, both on an individual and systemic level. However, the EEOC’s recently unveiled 2022-2026 strategic plan highlights a significant shift in focus. Under the new EEOC plan, systemic claims will now be given added emphasis, highlighting the need for a proactive approach to comprehensively address workplace discrimination.
The employee was on vacation. At his private computer. On his personal Facebook page. Posting about protests in his city. But his Facebook settings were public. He blamed “Blacks”for recent protests that had turned violent, and he suggested what “should be done” to them. His direct reports complained. His supervisors suspended him without pay.
HR Morning
What if you could get your best employees to stay — forever?! OK, OK, aside from retirement — you have to let go at some time — why not aim for a better-than-average turnover rate? More importantly, why not aim for a better-than-average turnover rate with your best employees? So let’s build loyalty.

Press Releases

ELI, Inc. Announces New Civil Treatment® Initiative to Help Organizations Build More Inclusive, Productive and Compliant Workplaces

September 9, 2019

ELI, Inc., a training and consulting company that helps organizations build more inclusive, productive, and compliant workplaces, today announced the launch of its Civil Treatment®Workplace program. An addition to its award-winning portfolio of offerings available through the company’s pioneer Civil Treatment® series, this unique program enables organizations to operationalize workplace civility as an ongoing initiative connected to its mission and goals, rather than as a stand-alone, one-time course.


eli-inc-brandon-hall-award-20162016 – Best Unique or Innovative Learning and Development Program – Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Learning Awards – Bronze Winner

Verizon and ELI for Civil Treatment for Employees

bh-award2015 – Best Unique or Innovative Learning and Development Program – Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Learning Awards – Bronze Winner

Civil Treatment® for Leaders

Human Resources Executive MagazineBest New Training Product

Civil Treatment® for Managers

Human Resources Executive Magazine Best New Training Product

Civil Treatment® for Employees

Human Resources Executive Magazine Best New Training Product

The Legal Record®: Investigating and Documenting for Civil Treatment®

Human Resources Executive Magazine Top Ten Training Product

The Civil Treatment® Series

Human Resources Executive Magazine Top Ten Product and Product Groupings for the past 10 years

The Civil Treatment® Series

Corporate Legal Times, Distinguished Legal Service Award

Civil Treatment® for Managers

MCAI Awards in Media Excellence (AiME) Golden Reel Award

Civil Treatment® for Managers Online

Silver Axiem Award (Video)

Civil Treatment® for Managers

Silver Axiem Award (Interactive Media)

Civil Treatment® for Managers Online

Gold Aurora Award (Video)

Civil Treatment® for Employees

Silver Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Award

Civil Treatment® for Employees Online

Software and Information Industry Association’s 17th Annual Codie Awards, Finalist

Civil Treatment® for Employees Online

ITVA Georgia Video Festival, Gold Award, Excellence in Training and Education

Banking on Fairness®

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From the Blog

75 Years of Creating Commonality

Last month, I spoke at the 75th SHRM conference, which, as always, was energizing and well run. There were more than 23,000 people in attendance, which I think is a record. What will stick with me most about the conference, however, is the realization that there is a strong parallel

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