Month: May 2013

Under pressure, Facebook targets sexist hate speech – CNN.com

Under mounting pressure from activists and advertisers, Facebook is ramping up efforts to stamp out hate speech, particularly depictions of violence against women.

The move, announced Tuesday, came after a weeklong campaign by women’s groups targeting pages that celebrated or made light of rape, domestic violence and sexual degradation of women.

“In recent days, it has become clear that our systems to identify and remove hate speech have failed to work as effectively as we would like, particularly around issues of gender-based hate,” Marne Levine, a Facebook vice president in charge of public policy, wrote in a post on the site.

“In some cases, content is not being removed as quickly as we want. In other cases, content that should be removed has not been or has been evaluated using outdated criteria. We have been working over the past several months to improve our systems to respond to reports of violations, but the guidelines used by these systems have failed to capture all the content that violates our standards. We need to do better — and we will.”

via Under pressure, Facebook targets sexist hate speech – CNN.com.

Congrats Eva Longoria and the girls in STEM careers

Eva Longoria graduates, earns master’s degree in Chicano Studies from Cal State Northridge - NY Daily News

I think that this is a great story — here thesis was  “Success STEMS From Diversity: The Value of Latinas in STEM Careers,” STEM standing for science, technology, engineering and math.

What a timely and relevant topic — I know I’m always interested in how do we get more girls into the STEM careers.

I happen to work in a tech industry — AND — I have an undergraduate degree in a STEM field — yes I know, the ironies that I work in HR are not lost on me – but that’s a different blog post — so I think that this is an important topic for diversity, talent, and developing the youth of the future.

Way to go Eva! — plus OMG, LOVE those shoes (you can be academically accomplished AND still girlie and into fashion — girls need to know that its not one or the other)!
Making the HR connection — and totally wanting to go shoe shopping… yours, thegirlinhr!

Eva Longoria graduates, earns master’s degree in Chicano Studies from Cal State Northridge

After three years of studying, the ‘Desperate Housewives’ star graduated in a ceremony Wednesday night as her proud parents looked on.

The 38-year-old actress graduated Wednesday night from a Master’s program at California State University Northridge.

Its Not News, Its a Distraction – #Rikering

So as a fan of Star Trek The Next Generation (and Star Trek in general) I get a kick out of all the videos that are popping up of Rikering — haven’t heard of it –check it out!

Just in case you see anyone Rikering at your office … now ya know what’s up. Are you gonna give it a try?

How should recruiters spend their time – ERE.net

How would you respond to these points?

  1. Do you want to increase your emphasis on hiring passive candidates?
  2. Are you in a talent scarcity situation where the demand for talent is greater than the supply?
  3. Do you want to raise the talent level of your total current workforce, sustain it, or lower it?

All said they want to accelerate their passive recruiting efforts; they all thought they were in a talent scarcity situation for most critical positions; and, of course, they all said they wanted to raise their talent level. I suggested that to begin achieving these three results they needed to implement a 20/20/60 sourcing plan. This means that no more than 20% of their sourcing resources and efforts should be spent on job postings, about 20% on name generation and targeted emails, and 60% on networking.

This 20/20/60 sourcing plan maps closely to the job-hunting status of LinkedIn members. This is shown in the pie chart summarizing the results of a survey we conducted with LinkedIn last year. Based on more than 4,500 fully-employed members, 17% categorized themselves as active (Searchers, Networkers, and Hunters), 15% Tiptoers (only telling very close former associates), and 68% passive (Explorers were open to receiving calls from a recruiter to discuss a possible career move). To source and recruit the best of these people you can’t just post traditional job descriptions, send boring emails, or make dozens of phones call a day, and expect to attract and hire many good people.

 

The 20/20/60 Sourcing Plan – ERE.net.

Older Workers Are About to Surpass Younger Workers for the 1st Time – Matthew O’Brien – The Atlantic

This is how a baby boom ends. Not with a bust, but with a lot of old workers.

For the first time ever, workers over-55 are set to make up a bigger share of the workforce than workers between 25 and 34 years old. The chart below (via Conor Sen) shows the share of younger workers (blue) versus older workers (red) since 1950.

via Older Workers Are About to Surpass Younger Workers for the 1st Time – Matthew O'Brien – The Atlantic.

Millions of Americans Have Inadequate Means to Retire. Get the Retirement Facts.

Despite the Dow hitting all-time highs, millions of Americans still have a dismal outlook when it comes to their own ability to retire.

Consider these five statistics:

46% of Americans have less than $10,000 saved for retirement. (Employment Benefit Research Institute)

40% of baby boomers now plan to work until they die. (AARP)

36% of Americans say they don’t contribute anything at all to their savings. [CNBC]

87% of adults say they are not confident about having money for a comfortable retirement. (Lifehappens.org)

Expected retirement age is up to 67 from age 63. (Zero Hedge)

So why, in the great prosperous country of America, are so many faced with doomed retirement dreams?

Those who took the surveys pointed to the rising cost of living and day-to-day expenses as the reason they are worried about or unable to save enough for retirement. And many also noted that rising healthcare and long-term care costs will have a major impact on their ability to afford a comfortable retirement.

Adding insult to injury is the fact that the once mighty dollar no longer goes as far as it once did, as a result of the loose monetary policies from the Federal Reserve.

“The biggest retirement mistake people make is they stick their money in a bank,” comments Aaron DeHoog, the financial publisher of Newsmax. “The reality is, inflation will destroy 50% of your savings every 22 years if you let it sit there. You have to put your money to work, safely.”

The problem is that current yields on safe investments, like CDs, bonds, and money markets, pay 85% less than what they did just six years ago.

via Millions of Americans Have Inadequate Means to Retire. Get the Retirement Facts..

H&M Plus Size Model Jennie Runk Puts Unexpected Fame to Good Use | Fashion – Yahoo! Shine

Plus-size fashion model Jennie Runk isn’t just sitting pretty—she’s using her fame to promote positive body image in an essay she penned Wednesday for the BBC News. In the editorial, she urges women to stop worrying about their thighs and feel comfortable in their skin no matter what type of body they have, touching on her own awkward teenage years.

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Runk rose to prominence in early May when she was selected by clothing retailer H&M to model their new swimsuit line on the company homepage. For the campaign, the 24-year-old 5’10 beauty, who wears a dress size 14-16, traipsed on a beach wearing bikinis and one-piece swimsuits. The seemingly innocent photo series sent shockwaves around the Internet. First, H&M has a history of featuring toned models (Gisele is the company’s latest cover girl, replacing a bikini-clad Beyonce) so selecting Runk, of normal, healthy proportions, to model their new line was a refreshing departure. And second, unlike many companies who bury plus-size selections deep within their websites, H&M never once mentioned the word “plus-size” on the same page as the images of Runk (you have to click on the clothing samples to land in the plus-size section). The company message was clear: “Our model isn’t stick thin—so what?”

via H&M Plus Size Model Jennie Runk Puts Unexpected Fame to Good Use | Fashion – Yahoo! Shine.