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The Small Business Daily Rundown: U-Haul to Hire Tobacco-free Workers, Companies Hiring D&I Professionals On the Rise

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Happy New Year! Let’s dive right in and take a look at some of the workplace trends already gaining traction in 2020. Here’s to a happy, safe, and prosperous new year.

Kicking butts? U-Haul announces policy to only hire tobacco-free workers

If your New Year’s resolutions involve kicking bad habits — or kicking employees with bad habits — you’re in good company. U-Haul announced that they will no longer hire employees who use tobacco products in accordance with the laws in many states. U-Haul claims to be the first major company to go nicotine-free in an attempt to promote workplace health and wellness, although the policy will not impact current workers.

The Number: 21. Currently, 21 states allow employers to take a pass on applicants who use nicotine products. 

The Quote: “Nicotine products are addictive and pose a variety of serious health risks. This policy is a responsible step in fostering a culture of wellness at U-Haul, with the goal of helping our Team Members on their health journey.”

Great ways for small businesses to do some good

If your 2020 goals involve incorporating some positive practices into your business but your budget precludes you from major philanthropic donations, consider how finding ways to give back locally is not only rewarding but also good for business. Donating In-kind contributions, time and using your company to raise visibility are good ways to show consumers that you care.

The Number: 87%. Consumers love companies that care. 87% of consumers claim they would support a business that advocates for issues they care about. 

The Quote:More than ever, social responsibility is a character trait consumers look for when deciding whether or not to do business with a company.”

Hiring? Add a Diversity and Inclusion professional to your list open positions

A new report on 2020 hiring trends from Glassdoor indicates a new emphasis on hiring Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) professionals. As companies continue to focus on correcting the gender wage gap and figuring out how to address issues raised by the #MeToo movement, D&I officers are gaining traction. The position usually incorporates HR, recruiting and leadership functions.

The Number: 19%. Online searches for D&I coordinators rose by 19% in 2019. 

The Quote: “In 2020 and beyond, as companies continue to build action-oriented diversity and inclusion teams, we expect to see a wave of hiring for leaders and managers that will help carry forward the mission of building a more diverse and inclusive workforce.”

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