Finding Community – and Ourselves – in Unlikely Places

Conferences and trade shows can feel like occupational hazards: The travel is grueling, the speakers often snoozy. At a conference last month, however, I had a different experience. The sessions I attended and the people I met opened new windows for me – professionally and personally – and provided the sense of belonging and community […]

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Achieving Resilience by Embracing Diversity

Curveballs have been a part of work since the very beginning. Some are huge – the steam engine, email, autonomous vehicles. Others are smaller but still pack a punch: a resignation, a public transportation strike, a last-minute request with a 60-minute turnaround time. Our Women Empowered committee brought together four of Cognizant’s fiercest female leaders […]

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The Way(s) to the Future of Work

In 2010, Martin Sheen starred in The Way, an underrated but beautiful film. His character is a curmudgeonly, set-in-his-ways, late-middle-age, Type A workaholic from Los Angeles. A series of events lands him on El Camino de Santiago (translated into English as “The Way”), where circumstances compel him to interact — in life-affirming ways — with […]

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Assistive Technologies Don’t Create an Inclusive Workplace — Committed Businesses Do

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 29.3% of working-age disabled people are employed today, compared with 73.5% of those without a disability. What’s more, the unemployment rate for individuals with a disability was 9.2% in 2017, according to the BLS, more than twice that of those with no disability (4.2%). If only there […]

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In Praise of Digital Immigrants

Against the struggles of racism and sexism, ageism may seem a minor concern. But prejudice against older folks is a real issue and one that should be considered in any survey of diversity and inclusion. I know ageism is real, because I’ve long been ageist. I feel emboldened to admit this because so many of […]

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Think Small: Six Ways Global Business Can Promote Inclusion

At the best small companies, inclusion happens naturally. Colleagues are few in number and often just a desk away. Everyone feels like they belong. When it comes to company culture, and especially employee engagement, large companies have to try harder. At service providers like Cognizant, where employees spend a lot of time at client sites, […]

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What We Can Learn from Beyoncé about Being Authentic in the Workplace

When Beyoncé and Jay Z’s “On the Run II” stadium tour swung through Texas, I was lucky enough to snag a ticket. It wasn’t my first Beyoncé concert, but it was the most memorable. Why? The audience experienced the real Beyoncé. Always a phenomenal performer, Bey has raised the bar even higher with songs that […]

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