More than a thousand signatures of CEO’s of huge insurance companies, luxury airlines, and globally known industries, name it, you got it, had been collected by ceo.com that attests to a supportive drive to recognizing diversity in the workplace. Not just because this is the right thing to do, but the idea paves the way for a stronger pursuit of success for beneficial to any form of business.
Benefits like new and fresh perspectives, potential capture of a global reach, and most importantly, increased revenue is the vision of this very idea. The thing is, every workplace have established a working culture. Any change to a system, most especially to old ones, needs work. While it doesn’t happen overnight, there are several ways on how to ensure that your company, institution, or firm, is hiring a diversified workforce.
- Hail diversity from the top.
Diversified leadership is a key component for a company to show how serious they are in imposing the change. It is a perfect way to reflect a company’s ideals. However, it should not focus or treat such an approach from a single criterion. The study conducted by The Harvard Business Review in 2019 suggests considering social diversity in which gender and age, on top of race/ethnicity, should not be hindrances to getting hired. It also emphasized the importance of not giving a person a position “just because”, but because of their competence and expertise — a form of social cancer called, “tokenism”.
- Give the job listings a little tweak.
Remove unnecessary conditions and use neutral language when rewriting your job listings. Sometimes, gender specifics are used when you read more of the job description presented corresponding to every position which sends off a different feeling towards some people, and they get turned off by it. A free Gender Decoder app could help out in ensuring your ad language if doubtful.
- Diversity on the career page should be considered via marketing strategies.
Pay attention to the recruitment ad your posting. It should reflect the company’s ideals when it comes to recruiting across all spectrum. May it be age, sexual orientation, religion, or race/ethnicity. Meaning, it should come out non-biased and should use neutral language. Anybody is entitled of their opinion as to how your website or your public marketing materials appeal to them. So, please pay attention to what it says by observing how people comment or react via comments or social media. Do they comment on it? Are the majority that reacted, bashers? Or do they ask for more content? Also, a more varied set of candidates may be expected if you put your intended practice of hailing diversity would be put out there for the public to see. All this, along with targeting online ads in niche communities of the internet like Reddit, may bring unexpectedly compatible people into your pool of candidates. On the other hand, you should also consider internship offers for international students, which is a great short-term commitment to bring in a different perspective, and potentially build towards them becoming an ideal new employee.
- Use blind-hiring techniques.
The idea of increasing a diverse pool of candidates for a job is now trending. To do this, effectively personal and demographic information are omitted or becomes not relevant, therefore not required. Candidates are evaluated of their abilities, expertise, and experiences instead. Some avoid associations to gender, age, or race by masking their names and colleges when they submit their resumes or CVs.
- Pay interns.
Internships form the best hiring pools there ever was, and the more competitive companies looking for interns know this. You can saturate the best candidates based on performance, teamwork, and operational strategies in which the company itself is a witness. There’s also the capacity to grow that gets observed which are all components independent of any demographic data. Generally, successful interns are the ones who know how to hustle because they were never served of what they need with a silver spoon. This assures the company of the creative, hard-working bunch it needs. For sure, this keeps the ideal of diversified hiring mandated.