Diversity Hires – Creating a Diverse Workplace

Workplace diversity should be a top priority for Hiring managers and HR departments. Diversity should not be a cut and dry matter of compliance, but a proactive and inclusive mindset and value of your company. Research has shown that diversity contributes to success in the workplace. For example, McKinsey & Co. 2018 research shows that racially diverse companies outperformed non-diverse companies by 35% and that gender-diverse companies were 21% more likely to experience above-average profits than companies lacking diversity.

Widen the scope; avoid focusing on diverse hiring for a single position, but rather focus on how to incorporate it into your company culture. Company diversity begins before the hiring process even starts. It takes a commitment and conscious effort to consider and implement a 360° approach to inclusive hiring. It is important for HR and management to understand their organization’s mission statement and core values and how diversity contributes to their overall success. 

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The Value of Hiring Candidates That Have Been Laid Off

In the process of scrutinizing resumes, an often overlooked yet key group of individuals is employees that have been laid off. Whether it’s due to downsizing or company reorganizations due to mergers or acquisitions, these are vital candidates. These applicants are more than capable and should be considered alongside the mythical “purple squirrel candidate.” It’s time to break the stigma around these job candidates!

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