Many recruiting teams are focused on diversity hiring in today’s workplaces, but the truth is, diversity hiring goes far beyond just the recruiting team. It even goes beyond Human Resources departments.
To successfully implement and execute on a plan to hire or promote more diverse workers, the entire company needs to be on board with any and all efforts made.
At its core, diversity hiring is pretty similar to any other type of hiring plan. It’s a precise effort made to hit hiring goals and targets as established by the recruiting leaders at an organization.
It’s wildly different from any typical hiring plan, though, in that it uses specific demographic data at the company to take special care and intent on hiring candidates from a variety of backgrounds. Diversity hiring is inclusive of race, gender, disabilities, religion, sexual orientation and other personal characteristics that make people unique, yet don’t relate to job performance.
Recruiters and hiring managers want to hire the best people for the job. That’s no surprise. But it’s even better to hire candidates who will be contributors and bring new ideas and perspectives to the teams they’re joining.
That’s where diversity shines! A more diverse workforce helps teams understand a more holistic view of the market and better address needs of that market. Differing backgrounds create a breeding ground for new ideas and collaboration that a homogeneous group of employees just cannot provide.
Clearly, a more diverse workforce has serious positive impacts on the entire organization. Employee engagement and retention improve drastically. There are so many more important voices involved in business decisions.
So it shouldn’t be the task of one department or team to focus on this effort. That’s because company culture is so critical to diversity hiring, and company culture is a collective effort.
Many candidates ask recruiters, first and foremost, to describe company culture during interviews. It’s a chance for candidates to get a glimpse of the environment they may be joining.
It’s hard to attract diversity hires when your company culture doesn’t reflect a diverse workforce, though.
To improve company culture in the name of diversity hiring, try taking these steps and measures.
Diversity in any workplace really takes root in its employees and current structure, so a focus solely on diversity hiring won’t be effective until a culture of diversity is fostered and maintained across all departments in a company. The first steps to make a change are to recognize a need for diversity and any problems at hand with accomplishing culture shifts.