George Orwell once said, “If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” With that in mind, let’s consider the way a job notice is worded.
According to a new study from Technische Universität München (TUM), women will respond less to job ads that feature such words as “determined” and “assertive,” because they feel those words are tied to male stereotypes. The researchers found that women preferred words like “dedicated,” “responsible,” and “sociable.” The wording in job ads made no difference to males.
“A carefully-formulated job posting is essential to get the best choice of personnel,” said Professor Claudia Peus from the Chair of Research and Science Management at TMU. “In most cases, it doesn’t make sense to simply leave out all of the male-sounding phrases. But without a profile featuring at least balanced wording, organizations are robbing themselves of the chance of attracting good female applicants. And that’s because the stereotypes endure almost unchanged in spite of all of the societal transformation we have experienced.”
This new study is similar to one published in 2011 that found the same results.
“When job advertisements were constructed to include more masculine than feminine wording, participants perceived more men within these occupations, and importantly, women found these jobs less appealing,” wrote the authors in the separate 2011 study. “Results confirmed that perceptions of belongingness (but not perceived skills) mediated the effect of gendered wording on job appeal.”
Do you agree or disagree with the findings of these studies? Please contribute to the conversation in the comments section.
On Thursday, April 24, a webinar will offer an inside view of IAVM’s new Coherent Governance system and a theoretical overview of this state-of-the-art operating system for governing boards. This is an opportunity to interact with the people who created the system and learn how it can position boards of directors to lead their organizations from a policy level, how CEOs and boards can achieve absolute clarity of roles, and how clear authority and accountability can be defined. The IAVM Senior Officers will also discuss how IAVM has implemented Coherent Governance, allowing for a 15-minute Q&A session at the end.
“Good work does not always come easy, nor does it come fast,” wrote John Bolton, CFE, IAVM chairman and vice president at SMG Entertainment, in the February/March issue of FM. “The goal, as articulated six years ago by the Mission, Membership, and Governance Initiative was to ‘create a streamlined, transparent, and objective governance model that reflects modern practices…and focuses board efforts on policy creation and association oversight as stewards of the association.’
“We are here for you, and we are listening,” Bolton continued. “We have crafted new policies, and we have spent years discussing and developing a governance model designed to ensure that the leadership of IAVM will continue to effectively advocate for the needs and interests of the entire member community.”
“Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”—Margaret Mead
Are you ready for a new challenge? Are you committed to getting a short-term (or long-term) project completed? Then this is the Call for Volunteers that fits you. Here is the vision for the role you might play.
Role of Committee Members:
• Make a serious commitment to participate actively in the committee’s work, including substantive participation in committee meetings and discussions.
• Volunteer for and willingly accept assignments and complete them thoroughly and on time.
• Stay informed about committee matters, be prepared for meetings and review and comment on minutes and reports.
• Get to know other committee members and build a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus.
• Act as a think tank and a team of “doers.”
• Share the credit. Thank all that were involved in the success of the committee.
IAVM has recently evolved to a Coherent Governance model, with the energy of the IAVM Board of Directors focused on oversight and setting strategic goals based on the wants and needs of our members. Day-to-day operations of the association is performed by the staff management team. As a result, our volunteer boards, committees, and task forces this year will be comprised of those ready to help fill a specific need as identified by the board or by management.
Here are the opportunities available, and the volunteer roles and responsibilities for each. To volunteer, please follow the link below (or click here) to complete the survey and tell us why you are a good fit for the role(s) you seek. You may indicate your interest in as many committees as you wish, so please make sure that you rank your choices with 1 being your highest preference. We will make every effort to place you within your top three rankings.
The deadline to respond to the Call for Volunteers is April 16, 2014. Appointments will be made in early May. Whether you are currently serving on a committee or are now ready to serve, please take a few minutes to complete the survey before the deadline.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Baseball season has begun, and I bet you’re thinking, “I’d really like to propose to my significant other in my favorite team’s stadium. I bet that costs a lot of money, though.” Well, future groom or bride, Swimmingly has the answers for you via a nice graphic, which you can see above.
“Though all proceeds go to charity, exactly what’s offered in a proposal package varies tremendously from ballpark to ballpark—some teams even offer multiple price points,” Molly Fitzpatrick wrote on the site.
Check out the full story to learn about each stadium’s proposal packages. And good luck to your favorite team (go Rangers!) this year.
Today, the FCC voted unanimously to unleash 100 MHz of spectrum for outdoor unlicensed broadband uses, such as Wi-Fi in the 5 GHz frequency band.
This additional unlicensed spectrum (a 50 percent increase in spectrum to be exact) will support all the things we already use and further drive investment and experimentation. Consumer devices are already equipped to operate in the band, so they can easily be adapted to quickly take advantage of new 5 GHz channels. And a new Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ac, that has just been approved for the 5 GHz band will allow for a better consumer experience. As FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai has said, “The 5 GHz band is ‘tailor made’ for the next generation of Wi-Fi.
We wanted to understand how the FCC move today will directly affect our IAVM venues, so we reached out to Ellen Satterwhite, director of the Glenecho Group and partner in the WifiForward Coalition. Ellen provided a quick summary saying, “For those venues that run their own networks (with, say, commercially available routers), the FCC’s move will free up more spectrum for those routers compatible with 5 GHz to use. Most routers have the capability to use 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz already (or venues run a “dual band” Wi-Fi network using a router in each band). Using the 5GHz band will allow users to have less noise, less interference, better speeds, and a more stable connection—with the technology they have today or already available for purchase.”
Wi-Fi traffic in the U.S. is growing at 68 percent per year, and the number of homes with Wi-Fi is expected to reach 86 percent by 2017 (up from 63 percent today). With the 2.4 GHz band becoming increasingly congested, today’s move by the FCC is most likely just the first step in greater expansion of unlicensed spectrum and a huge leap forward for the industry.