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Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

HR Hot Button: Diversity and Inclusion

The climate in our country has shifted quite a bit over the past year in terms of racial and gender inequality. It’s at the forefront of everyone’s mind, yet the push for more diversity and inclusion in the workplace seems to be moving forward at a snail’s pace.

A more diverse workforce is a benefit to your business. The ideal situation is a stronger company through a blending of different viewpoints, cultural ideals, and life experiences. And research shows that more diverse companies are more successful overall:

  • Companies that score in the top 25 percent for gender diversity also post higher-than-average returns in their industry
  • Companies in the bottom 25 percent for gender and ethnic diversity are less likely to achieve above-average returns.

What does this mean for you? Diversity and inclusion in your workforce is the way to go. And you can learn more with these tips from a top Nashville staffing vendor—Wood Personnel.

Quotas Don’t Cut It

One technique companies have implemented to help ensure inclusion is hiring quotas. However, this often results in just checking off boxes without getting the right people in place to excel at the job. In the long run, simply meeting quotas can be damaging to a company’s performance—and it’s not the answer to improved diversity and inclusion.

Ways to Promote Diversity in Your Workplace

The following techniques are better options for improved diversity in your hiring practices:

  • Build a diverse hiring team. The people in charge of securing talent for your company are the foundation for making the right hiring choices. If your hiring team is diverse, it will help create a more organic hiring process where diverse candidates are chosen their fit to the job opportunity.
  • Build a diverse leadership team. Diversity and inclusion should start from the top down. Cultural and gender equality in the people who lead and manage is one of the best ways to instill these ideals in your entire workforce.
  • Hire through diversity-focused organizations, universities and networking events. This will help create an even playing field from the start when it’s time to bring in new talent.
  • Host company-wide diversity training. This helps build understanding and remove unconscious bias.

Work with a Recruiter Focused on Diversity

Your staffing partner is also imperative in any diversity and inclusion initiatives in your workforce. Choose a recruiter with a solid track record of diverse hiring and placement processes.

Wood Personnel Can Help

To learn more about our available staffing services, contact us today! And check out our digital resource for more information about this and other HR Hot Button Issues.