Global context or national context, in the end, a company wants high-performing staff and employees want an enjoyable and healthy workplace.

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“Female entrepreneurs currently account for approximately a third of all entrepreneurs worldwide, and the U.S. Census Bureau predicts that by the year 2025, the share of women entrepreneurship in that country will increase to more than 55 per cent.” The Global Legal Post, April 2012.

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The medical industry is one known to lack a diverse workforce. African American, Latino, and Native American practicing physicians make up only 6 percent of all practicing physicians in the United States. Given that 26 percent of the U.S.’s population consists of ethnic minorities, this demonstrates just how much the medical industry lacks diversity.

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The majority of the current workforce is made up of three generations- Baby Boomers, Generation X, and the Millenials- the diversity among those generations is blatant. Overall, each generation may be influenced to adopt the values of another, partially or totally; ultimately this translates to well-rounded and productive employees.

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When one’s business is at one’s home, it’s especially easy to get drawn into the trap of never really leaving work—for instance, foregoing family time to check and respond to emails, or regularly putting one’s “me-time” on hold due to client requests. Finding a work/life balance is difficult. Here are some tips for those struggling or who wish to better.

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Opening the Blind Spot

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There is an IT company called Unicus in Norway that has hired several employees with Asperger’s Syndrome. This is a profitable company with a pool of unique talents working for them (the managing director says that one employee learned Japanese on his own, another can read 2000 words per minute.) These are talents that most companies wouldn’t even bring up in an interview. The owner of Unicus had calculated that he saved the Norwegian government €1,375,000 for just one of his employees, as they are now working and not on welfare.

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