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Four ways to improve small group dynamics

“Generating a diverse set of possible solutions is not enough. The group must be able to distinguish good solutions from the bad.” That’s how Marc Burt of Inspired Global Resources, the Expert in Residence for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, began the Council’s most recent meeting. The

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How Addressing Transportation Barriers Benefits Employees—and Employers

Employee absences carry hidden costs that can affect an organization’s productivity and revenue. A survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Total Financial Impact of Employee Absences, found the total cost of time off for full-time employees was between 20.9 percent and 22.1 percent of payroll, with unplanned

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3 Ways Employers Can Shape Workforce Culture and Reap the Benefits

It is not a surprise that Buffalo Niagara employers have identified workforce issues as pain points. For the last two years, according to the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Member Pulse survey results, workforce issues have remained among the top three pain points. Recently, the Partnership hosted its annual CEOs Speak event,

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The Strength of a Diverse Team

One third of our region’s K-12 students are children of color.  Making sure these children grow up to participate in and benefit from the regional economy is at the heart of the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable. Made up of 37 business, community, philanthropic, religious and political leaders, the Roundtable

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Innovation Through Diversity & Inclusion

Did you know that employees that feel included and think their organization is committed to and supportive of diversity report an uplift in innovation, responsiveness to customers and team collaboration? According to a study recently published by the Harvard Business Review, inclusive teams outperform their peers in team-based assessments by

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Fostering Diversity & Inclusion Through Racial Equity Impact Training

The nuances of language and the ways in which we communicate are critical components to getting on the path toward building racial equity. Most businesses know that racial equity is important and that they should have a diverse and inclusive workforce, but struggle with the distinction between that understanding and

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2017 Advocacy Agenda Expanded – Development and Construction

The Buffalo Niagara region is undergoing an economic revitalization, however the future success of new construction projects and redevelopment is not guaranteed.  Disjointed development policies and overly-burdensome regulations, often unique to Buffalo and New York State, create a challenging environment for projects to move forward.  To build upon our momentum

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