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Giving Notice: Why the Best and Brightest are Leaving the Workplace and How You Can Help Them Stay

Freada Kapor Klein

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Format: Hardcover, 240pp.
ISBN: 9780787998097
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Pub. Date: October 19, 2007

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In today’s workplace, blatant discrimination has mostly been relegated to the dustbin of America’s past. However, in this book Freada Kapor Klein shows how even well-intentioned people can harbor unconscious biases that perpetuate stereotypes. Each year more than two million professionals and managers leave their jobs, pushed out from the pressure of small comments, whispered jokes, and not-so-funny emails. Voluntary employee turnover due solely to unfair treatment costs U.S. businesses an estimated sixty-four billion dollars a year.

Giving Notice reveals the real reasons that this diverse pool of talented managers and professionals leaves their employers—not the safe, half-truths reported during exit interviews. Based on data from a rigorous survey conducted by the Level Playing Field Institute, Giving Notice has at its core well-researched data and detailed interviews from a wide range of managers and professionals.

This groundbreaking book shows why dissatisfied people leave their jobs and offers a powerful solution for retaining top talent in corporate America.

Throughout the book Freada Kapor Klein explores the retention tools that matter the most to a diverse pool of professionals—fair pay, flexible schedules, management that recognize ability, staffing based on qualifications, positive work environment, better benefits, and more personal time.

Weaving together stories of Eric, Kristen and Miguel—three composite characters—Giving Notice spells out the motivations that cause employees to leave and shows what it takes to keep them. Giving Notice is filled with innovative approaches for dismantling the hidden biases and barriers and offers concise solutions for developing people strategies that are truly integrated with global business strategy.


“Is the corporate playing field still an obstacle course for people who are “different?” Freada Kapor Klein, one of America’s leading diversity advocates, thinks so. In Giving Notice, she and her coauthors tell you why and what to do about it. This refreshing and eye-opening new book blasts the ‘diversity industry’ and the ‘meritocracy myth-makers’ for ignoring the daily indignities and subtle biases that shape career prospects. Giving Notice tells it like it is and then tells it like it could be, offering every American a vision of workplaces that are good for people, companies, and the economy.”
—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, professor, Harvard Business School and best-selling author of Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End

“This book will clearly set the new standard for the field. I think it will be amazing and it should be required reading for anyone in the investment business.”
—David Blood, managing partner, Generation Investment Management and former CEO, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

“Freada Kapor Klein provides many insights into the microdynamics of diversity issues and even more insights into policy issues, organizational dynamics, and ways to change practice. She takes fundamental issues and articulates them in a very concise, engaging, and easy-to-digest way. Her examples are interesting, often humorous, and always clear.”
—Stephen Small, chair, African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley

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Freada Kapor Klein co-founded the Level Playing Field Institute. Based in San Francisco, the LPFI is dedicated to improving fairness and opportunity in the workplace through educational programs and workplace training. LPFI strives to identify and remove hidden barriers from the classroom to the boardroom. Kimberly Allers, a writer at Fortune magazine and senior editor at Essence, is a frequent guest speaker at professional development seminars. Martha Mendoza is a national staff writer for the Associated Press. In 2000, she won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

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