Global HR headlines: Gender and generations are making their presence felt in the workforce

Tik Tok enters the HR space, Qantas retrenches, and gender discrimination lawsuits hit Amazon

While Covid-related restrictions continue to lead to job losses, women in tech are taking their right to be treated fairly to the courts. Meanwhile, social networks see value in embracing new talent acquisition channels.

Tapping into Gen Z talent
Video sharing social network Tik Tok is reportedly entering the HR tech space,

The platform known for attracting Generation Z users is testing a tool that lists job openings, then directs users to a separate recruitment portal. One unique feature of the TikTok tool is how it purportedly enables applicants to send in a TikTok video resume in place of a traditional text-only CV, reports Human Resources Director.

“Employers are starting to use the platform to recruit interns or workers. HBO had more than 300 applicants for a summer internship last year using the hashtag #HBOMassummerintern,” said Kate Barney, head of HR at TikTok Global Business Solutions, as reported by The Washington Post.

More redundancies at Qantas
Australian flag carrier Qantas has announced that it will cut jobs in its international division. This is largely due to border closures, although the Australian airline is showing signs of domestic recovery after Covid-induced travel restrictions.

Qantas said it expects “several hundred” international cabin crew to take up its offer of voluntary redundancy, and added that 90 percent of “redundancies associated with the 8,500 job losses [already announced] are complete, with the remainder finalised” by the end of the fiscal year.

According to the Australian government, border reopenings are expected to take place in the middle of 2022.

Gender discrimination and harassment lawsuits
Amazon is facing five new discrimination and harassment lawsuits.

Women who work in corporate of warehouse management roles have accused the multinational technology company of favouring men over women in career growth, allowing supervisors to denigrate them, and retaliating after they complained.

The women are from diverse age groupings and ethnicities.

An Amazon spokesperson said the company has found no evidence supporting the accusations, does does not tolerate discrimination or harassment, and supports a “diverse, equitable and inclusive culture”, reports Reuters.