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Intel says more women, blacks in workforce after diversity push
October 30, 2018 12:00 am|Comments (0)

FILE PHOTO: The Intel logo is shown at E3, the world’s largest video game industry convention in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Intel Corp has increased the ratio of women and African-Americans in its workforce after three years of a high-profile effort to improve diversity, the U.S. microchip maker said in a report released on Monday.

Intel still lags behind several large U.S. technology companies in terms of women and ahead of many for African Americans and Hispanics, the report showed. Chronic underrepresentation of minorities has been a source of concern for years at tech companies.

Overall, women comprised 26.8 percent of Intel’s U.S. workforce in 2018, up from 24.7 percent in 2015. Women in leadership positions grew to 20.7 percent from 17.7 percent.

The percentage of African Americans at Intel has risen to nearly 5 percent from 3.5 percent in 2015 and Hispanics rose to 9.2 percent from 8.3 percent.

“Although we are among the leaders in African American representation in the tech industry, we are still not satisfied,” Barbara Whye, Intel’s chief diversity and inclusion officer said by email. The company will continue to work with historically black colleges and the Oakland Unified School District in California, she added.

Without providing figures, Intel said it had reached “full representation” two years ahead of its goal based on skilled minorities in the available workforce.

In 2015, Intel established a $ 300 million fund to be used by 2020 to improve diversity. Whites make up 46.2 percent of the workforce at the company, and Asians 38.9 percent, according to Intel.

Intel’s African American 2018 representation was better than at Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc, and Microsoft Corp, according to the companies’ latest data.

But its female representation was behind Facebook, Alphabet, Amazon.com Inc, Apple Inc , and only ahead of Microsoft.

Reporting By Jane Lanhee Lee; Editing by Richard Chang

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Gen Z is Coming to the Workforce. Here is What to Expect.
September 8, 2018 12:00 pm|Comments (0)

They are young. They are driven. They are pragmatic. They crave financial stability. They won’t put away their laundry no matter how many times I ask them.

Okay, that last sentence may just refer to the two adorable Gen Zs who happen to be my offspring. But, this next group has just started to hit the workforce (the oldest are 23), and will undoubtedly be the topic of much discussion. (We really should shut up about Millennials, because as the oldest of that group approaches 40, we should realize that many have moved into middle management, and are making the policies now.)

Less likely to be risk takers (but that’s good and bad)

Gen Z high school seniors are less likely to have tried alcohol and had sex than their previous generations of the same age. That shows responsibility. But they are also less likely to have a driver’s license, which shows caution and a dependence on others.

In theory, this is because they spend so much time on their smartphones that they don’t need to leave the house to interact with peers. That keeps teen sex from happening and alcohol consumption down. 

It also means they haven’t had as much experience dealing face to face with people and problems. When you’re texting, you can just walk away, but getting up and walking out of a meeting is rude and inappropriate. You may have to do some general coaching of how to behave in groups, especially where it’s not structured, like at a conference, when there is free time. You may also want to increase your text communications rather than face to face. It’s what they are used to.

Gen Z isn’t interested in self-employment, but they are interested in finances.

They want financial security, 82 percent of college freshmen prioritize becoming well off. Only 36 percent of their grandparents made that a priority in 1970.

They aren’t, though, terribly interested in gaining that financial security through starting their own company. This means they may be more interested in staying put and working their way up the ladder. As the oldest Gen Zs are only 23, how this plays out in the working world remains to be seen, but they don’t espouse the desire to break out on their own right now.

This goes along with their lower risk tolerance (see above). A job gives you a steady paycheck while starting your own company has lots of risks.

Gen Z is also less willing to take on college debt. They’ve seen the damage of their parents and older siblings. It’s still a high amount–47 percent of freshman took on loans in 2016, but it’s a considerable drop from 53 percent in 2009.

This means your benefits may need to change. Companies that offer loan forgiveness may have to look towards other methods to attract the best and the brightest. 

They are more diverse than previous generations.

Gen Z understands diversity of race because they’ve lived it. There are far more Hispanic Gen Z’s than there were in Gen X or Millennials. And a lot more “others.” That other isn’t defined but could be made up largely of mixed race people.

What does this mean? Well, they grew up with their classmates looking different. In addition to race, they also have grown up with very different attitudes towards homosexuality and sexuality in general. In other words, diversity is part of their life experience.

This, of course, will vary from location to location, as demographics vary wildly, but don’t be surprised when their normal is your company diversity goal.

They are still just people.

Remember, it’s important not to let the “group” overshadow the individual. You need to talk to the individual to understand what is important to that person and what that person needs, not just assume that everyone under 23 is the same.

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Mobilise your workforce: how cloud computing can benefit your business
February 6, 2017 2:35 am|Comments (0)

Cloud computing represents a quantum shift in how businesses can conduct themselves in the 21st Century. The thing is, cloud computing is not only …
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Hewlett-Packard will purge 30,000 people from its workforce
September 16, 2015 1:50 am|Comments (0)

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SAN FRANCISCO — Hewlett-Packard is preparing to shed up to another 30,000 jobs as the Silicon Valley pioneer launches into a new era in the same cost-cutting mode that has marred much of its recent history.

The purge announced Tuesday will occur within the newly formed Hewlett Packard Enterprise, a bundle of technology divisions focused on software, consulting and data analysis that is splitting off from the company’s personal computer and printing operations.

The spinoff is scheduled to be completed by the end of next month, dooming 25,000 to 30,000 jobs within HP Enterprise. The target means 10 to 12% of the 252,000 workers joining HP Enterprise will lose their jobs as part of the company’s effort to reduce its expenses by $ 2 billion annually. Read more…

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