There have been a variety of op-eds recently on key topics related to weight and size. One of the most significant was about how normal and rampant weight-based discrimination was. The piece was written by Rebecca Puhl, the deputy director at the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for food policy and obesity and first appeared in The Washington Post. There is a link to the op-ed in “The Vibe” section below.
I recently spoke about weight-bias and discrimination in the workplace at the Greenhouse Software conference in New York. Greenhouse makes an applicant tracking system and recruiting software that also helps companies mitigate bias in their hiring. Although Greenhouse (nor any other company I know of), has integrated weight-bias mitigation into their software, Greenhouse’s commitment to gaining a better understanding of how to address weight-bias was clear by virtue of their inviting me to speak when almost no other HR conferences are addressing this issue. Furthermore, I had many conversations with other business leaders at this event about the importance of recognizing this bias, and how, more size-diversity in organizations can lead to innovative product development and business outcomes. I look forward to writing more on this topic in the future and would love to hear from readers on weight-bias they have encountered in the workplace and from companies on how they are thinking about combating weight-bias.
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