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Giving Notice: Why the Best and Brightest are Leaving the Workplace and How You Can Help them Stay

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Giving Notice: Why the Best and Brightest are Leaving the Workplace and How You Can Help them Stay

Freada Kapor Klein

ISBN: 978-0-470-19337-2 October 2007 Jossey-Bass 275 Pages

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A groundbreaking book that offers approaches for changing the hidden biases in the workplace

This is an eye-opening examination of the causes and dynamics of bias in the workplace, offering a psychological, political, and societal analysis of the actual cost of bias to the bottom line. The authors make the hurdles that women and minorities face in the workplace as personal to the reader as they are to those who face them. Giving Notice is filled with sensible approaches for solving the current imbalance and challenges us to rethink unconscious ideas about stereotypes and commonly accepted business practices.

Freada Kapor Klein (San Francisco, CA) is an internationally noted consultant and diversity expert. She has been quoted in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and on the Today show, Nightline, and NBC Nightly News. Kimberly Allers (Bayshore, NY) was a writer at Fortune magazine and is a frequent guest speaker at professional development and women-oriented seminars. Martha Mendoza (Santa Cruz, CA) is a national writer for the Associated Press. She won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

Introduction vii

1 The Meritocracy Myth: Is the Playing Field Level? 1

2 Slights Unseen 16

3 From the Top 33

4 The Cost of Bias 48

5 Does Blink = Bias? 67

6 Dismantling Barriers from the Inside 82

7 Know the Signs from the Outside 109

8 Bias Around the World 125

9 Ten Steps Back 137

10 Toward a New Framework 157

A What’s in a Resume? 183

B Determining the Cost of Unfairness 189

C Sources of Corporate Leaver Stories 197

Notes 201

References 205

Acknowledgments 211

The Author 213

Index 215