Hiring Practices

A Brief Guide to Successful Negotiation in Academia

March 04, 2019

The process of negotiation can be challenging for many especially in academia. When people seek my advice for putting a start-up package together they generally start by saying they do not want to appear too greedy.  (1) Forget greed, it is all about need. Negotiating for a start-up package is about asking for what is essential in order for you to be successful at what you are being hired to do.  Ask for the maximum of what you need.  It is not about trying to game a system to get the maximum you can or figuring out the maximum you can ask for and not appear greedy.

Quotas Only Help One Type of Woman to Progress

July 30, 2018
The trend of publishing diversity figures is causing tech companies to recruit the same women again and again – falling into the ‘golden skirt’ trap. By: Harriet Minter

Why Great Employees Leave “Great Cultures”

July 26, 2018
The best companies recognize that there are three elements to a culture: behaviors, systems, and practices, all guided by an overarching set of values. A great culture is what you get when all three of these are aligned, and line up with the organization’s espoused values. By: Melissa Daimler

What Amazon’s Board Was Getting Wrong About Diversity and Hiring

July 26, 2018
Amazon’s board recommended voting against a shareholder proposal that would require the board to consider women and minority candidates for director positions. The company’s communications representative suggested that using such a policy, similar to the Rooney Rule, might create a “check the box” approach to diversity and not produce real change. By: Stefanie K. Johnson