To make diversity and inclusion an ongoing part of your recruitment process, you’ll need a clear understanding of what diversity means and what this looks like in the workplace.
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has brought to light the need for more diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and it is now a fast-growing trend in the business world. Companies that can effectively recruit and retain a diverse workforce have been proven to be more innovative and successful.
Diversity in the workplace is the idea that your team should reflect the makeup of greater society. Diversity can fall into two main categories: inherent diversity and acquired diversity.
Inherent diversity includes demographic characteristics such as race, gender and age. Whereas acquired diversity refers to factors like education, experience, skills and knowledge. It’s important to address both forms of diversity when recruiting as this will help you to establish an environment where all employees feel valued, represented and included. When recruiting for more diverse applicants it’s also important to use a process that removes any potential biases. This gives all applicants, regardless of their background, equal access to employment opportunities.
Here are four techniques businesses can use to increase diversity when sourcing candidates:
Podcast guest Dean Delpeache suggests partnering with organizations that can expand your talent pipeline, such as Black Professionals of Technology, Urban Financial Professionals Group, Venture Out and Skills for Change. Listen to Dean’s podcast for additional recruiting tips to drive change and reduce bias. You can also sign up for our weekly Sunday Snippets newsletter to stay up to date on best practices for diversity, inclusion and equity in the workplace.