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If you've got spare reading time over the festive weekend, we've put together some of our top stories that inspire us to appreciate diversity in all its forms. Have a go at the articles below at your convenience, and do stay safe.

1. Boosting diversity is vital for Asian competitiveness

Across Asia, women only hold between 18.5% and 23.4% of research positions. And while a higher proportion of females are found in disciplines such as pharmacy, medicine and biology, they remain under-represented in areas such as computer science, physics and engineering.

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2. How to combat unconscious bias during recruitment

Do you unknowingly succumb to unconscious bias during resume screening and interviewing? It is a mental shortcut that the brain develops in order to process information and make decisions quickly. It is typically influenced by social stereotypes as well as personal and cultural experiences. 

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3. How DTCC is cultivating diversity and inclusion despite employees working remotely

While companies should remain committed to building diversity at all levels, the value of achieving diversity in senior leadership positions cannot be understated. When a company has diversity at the highest levels, it reflects a commitment to D&I and demands that employees confront potential unconscious biases.

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4. How Google addresses all dimensions of workplace diversity: Gender parity, sexual orientation, disability, and more

In Google, we see diversity as building a workforce that is more representative of our users and a fair working environment that creates a sense of belonging for everyone. This means offering equal employment opportunities regardless of race, colour ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, physical or neurological abilities, age, citizenship, marital status and gender identity.

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5. High work demands a top reason for poor mental wellbeing among employees in Asia

High work demands have emerged as the top driver of stress across workplaces in Asia, with nine in 10 surveyed indicating that their jobs required high mental focus and multi-tasking. At the same time, six in 10 of these respondents reported a lack of control over the pace and order of work that they need to complete.

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6. Winning Secrets: How Lendlease achieved 50% female representation in its leadership pipeline

At Lendlease, having a diverse and inclusive workforce is key to creating places where people feel comfortable in their environment, allowing us all to be the best we can be. We recognise that people who feel safe and empowered to bring their ‘whole self’ to work are more productive and engaged, leading to increase performance and talent retention.

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7. 63% of Singaporeans polled see the importance of remaining open to foreigners

More than six in 10 Singaporeans (63%) polled recently generally agreed it was important for Singapore to remain open to foreigners, a recent poll by REACH has found. Additionally, about one in four (25%) felt neutral about it, while just 10% either generally disagreed.

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8. Top 10 companies in the Singapore Board Diversity Index

Shai Ganu, Managing Director and Executive Compensation Global Practice Leader, Willis Towers Watson said, "Companies in the past may have focused on physical attributes of diversity such as gender and age. However, progressive companies focus on ensuring diversity of thought and experiences on the Board. "Directors with diverse backgrounds bring different perspectives and ideas that avoid group-think and help to enhance the board’s deliberations and decision-making process."

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9. CHRO 4.0: How J&J is ensuring its value proposition is compelling and relevant to all employee demographics

We support our employees holistically – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual – so we have made our hallmark programme, Energy for Performance (E4P) from the Human Performance Institute, virtual and encouraged every employee to attend. E4P uses a multi-disciplinary approach built on the sciences of performance psychology, exercise physiology, and nutrition to create lifelong behavior change, powered by personal purpose.

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10. D&I: The growing organisational superpower in times of uncertainty

3M helps leadership and teams play equal roles through cross-functional team collaboration, appreciating a multi-generational workforce, celebrating cultural festivities, forming employee resource networks, and deploying various feedback channels for employees to raise issues and concerns, just to name a few.

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