2022 Speaker’s Series: “The No Club” with Professor Laurie Weingart, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

June 2, 2022 – The No Club: Putting a Stop to Women’s Dead-End Work

HARRT at UCLA hosted a conversation for its CHRO members and the greater UCLA and Human Resources community featuring Laurie Weingart, The Richard M. and Margaret S. Cyert Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, and co-author of the new book. “The No Club: Putting a Stop to Women’s Dead-End Work”.

HARRT’s Faculty Director, Professor Corinne Bendersky and Dr. Weingart discussed how Covid-19 has altered all aspects of work and has significantly impacted employees’ personal and professional goals. As companies re-evaluate how work is performed and compete for future talent, an examination of gender equity is critical. While organizations strive to provide employees with access to flexible, challenging, and rewarding work, data shows the pandemic has adversely impacted women. In her new book, “The No Club: Putting a Stop to Women’s Dead-End Work”, Dr. Weingart and her co-authors provide evidence-based research on how less-challenging tasks and a disproportionate amount of ‘non-promotable work’ are performed by women. She discussed how women, more so than men, are asked to do work that doesn’t advance their careers which results in significant gender pay gaps and career stagnation. Dr. Weingart shared ways to mitigate these disparities, including strategies for women to “say no” and more importantly how management and HR departments can re-design work to ensure that promotable and non-promotable tasks are distributed evenly.