Having worked in recruitment and executive search for over 25 years I have seen many different initiatives implemented to help achieve a more diverse workforce. Having a diverse workforce is still at the top of the to-do list for most companies and seemingly difficult to achieve. Here are three actions that I have seen companies use to get success and really push the needle forwards in achieving a more diverse workforce
1 – Have a targeted campaign. One of the most successful initiatives I have been part of was a ‘women in technology’ campaign for a large banking Client. They were totally committed to hiring diverse candidates. They specifically targeted diversity and took a headhunting approach. They realised that their existing networks wouldn’t be effective as they wouldn’t produce diverse Candidates.
2 – Include Diverse stakeholders. It is important that any communication with prospective Candidates is written by, or at least approved by a Diverse employee. This communication could include adverts, job descriptions, case studies or company information. The use of language can put people off quickly and therefore its vital that this is checked by, or ideally written by a diverse stakeholder.
3 – Onboarding & working as a diverse employee – Once you have attracted a potential diverse Candidate it is equally important to have in place a good onboarding, training and support process for diverse employees. Have collateral available to demonstrate what it is like to work at your company, what training is available, career progression, and how diversity is supported. Build case studies about existing diverse Candidates and communicate what it is really like to be diverse in your company.
Diversity is not an easy goal to achieve and it goes much further than the above three steps. One thing is for sure, if you are struggling to create a more diverse workforce then your recruitment process and approach probably needs to change to achieve different results.
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