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An 11-Step Guide to Prepare for GDPR

May 25th is exactly one month away. For some, this date marks the start of a long weekend in the United States, while for others it’s the release of the next installment in the Star Wars film franchise.

But for many organizations, May 25th marks the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance deadline.

The implementation of GDPR signals the first significant change in how organizations handle data protection and compliance for residents of the European Union (EU). On May 25th, GDPR will replace the existing EU Data Protection Directive to provide EU citizens with a more comprehensive data protection law.

Does GDPR Apply to My Organization?

GDPR compliance applies to all organizations that process or maintain the personal data of any EU resident, regardless of the organization’s location. So, if your organization is based in the United States, but has users in the EU, GDPR impacts your organization.

GDPR places a higher emphasis on the documentation that organizations must keep to demonstrate their data accountability for their users. With that, some parts of the GDPR will have a higher impact on your organization than others.

While GDPR compliance may seem daunting, and there are 99 articles and 173 recitals to read through, GDPR doesn’t offer technical requirements for organizations. Meaning, organizations are responsible for establishing and adhering to the regulation.

If your organization hasn’t already prepared for GDPR, it’s essential to get started before the deadline. It’s useful to determine which parts of GDPR will have the most impact on your business and resources, and get your stakeholders aligned in the process.

What’s Next?

Next month, we’ll roll out more in-depth and new lessons on GDPR. Until then, we’ve prepared a guide to help ease the process in preparing for the May 25th deadline. Get your 11-step Guide to Prepare for GDPR.

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Announcing New Lessons on Parental Leave & Work-Life Integration for Parents

Achieving work-life “balance” sometimes feels more like a tug-of-war than a balancing act. But for parents (and new parents especially) it can often feel like both sides are losing. You can’t just be a parent before nine and after five—you’re always on, even when you’re at work. The more employers support that duality, the better for everyone. That’s why we need a shift. Instead of talking about work-life balance, we need work-life integration.

Our new content for working parents is focused on how new or soon-to-be parents and their managers can work together to create a collaborative, supportive environment where working parents can thrive. We cover everything a parent needs to know about the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, and go into detail on two key components: planning and flexibility.

Successful planning can help expecting parents appropriately account for all of their responsibilities while they’re out and when they return. While building flexibility into the plan means parents and employers can be prepared for the unexpected (which, let’s face it, is inevitable.)

Grovo’s latest Microlearning® content from producer Ike Wilson covers what employees and managers need to know under FMLA, and so much more. Featuring contributions from managers, mental health experts, and experienced working parents, these new lessons cover topics including:

  • Basics of the FMLA: Learn your rights under the federal law, and how to find out about state, local, and company policies that might extend your coverage.
  • Planning Your Parental Leave: Learn when and how to tell your employer that you’re expecting, and how to make your transitions in and out of work smooth for everyone involved.
  • Managing Time and Stress as a Working Parent: Whether you’re new to parenting or dealing with rebelling teenagers, learn how to integrate your two selves and work with your manager and team to create a flexible and collaborative environment that will enable you to do your best.
  • Supporting a Parent on Your Team: For managers needing to support new parents, learn your responsibilities under FMLA, as well as how to set up a parent-friendly culture that helps your new parents continue to contribute to their fullest potential.

The days when people have to choose between their career and parenting are over, and we’re here to help new parents and employers navigate their leave. It’s not just required by FMLA—it’s best for businesses and for families. Get started with one of our new lessons: What is Work-Life Integration?

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Unconscious Bias Training Matters. Here’s Why Grovo is Making Our Courses Free To All

At Grovo, we are passionate about improving workplace learning and employee development. Our mission is to equip every person with the proper tools they need to thrive in their jobs, enabling businesses to operate at their best.

Grovo has become a recognized industry leader in developing modern learning content – and we’re especially passionate about the power of our Diversity & Inclusion and Unconscious Bias content to help companies build more inclusive workplaces and communities. Some of the world’s most innovative companies, large and small, have used our Microlearning library to examine and respond to their own biases and promote inclusion with their customers, partners, employees and leaders.

Our Unconscious Bias content is effective because it speaks to learners as humans, rather than as employees. It breaks down the sensitive and highly conceptual topic in a manner that is easily understandable, non-accusatory, and unifying rather than divisive.

The single hardest step toward addressing unconscious bias is simply to acknowledge that it exists. To that end, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson stands out for the swift and unequivocal decision to close over 8,000 U.S. stores on May 29 to conduct anti-bias training company-wide. As Johnson said, “Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company.”

In-person training is a good first step in addressing the problem, but it can’t stop there. Addressing unconscious bias is a continual pursuit, and the goal of any good unconscious bias training should be to give people the knowledge and tools they need to identify and mitigate their biases themselves.  

We believe it’s important that employees at every company have the opportunity to learn and reflect on their own unconscious biases. It is valuable learning that affects individuals, teams, and the health of the company overall. And that’s why, starting today, we are making our best-in-class Unconscious Bias content of 20 Microlearning lessons free for everyone.

Whether you’re an individual contributor, a team manager, or a business leader looking to build a more inclusive workplace, we invite you to use Grovo’s Unconscious Bias workplace learning content for free.