Creating a workplace filled with diverse minds and new thoughts and ideas isn’t something most employers take into account when hiring. Most look into a potential’s professional experience. Although that isn’t necessarily wrong, it’s not the best way to develop and foster a unique business.
Why is building a diverse workplace a good idea?
One reason: a variety of viewpoints.
In an article published in The Wall Street Journal entitled “How To Increase Workplace Diversity”, the author [undisclosed] argues that promoting workplace diversity has many bottom line benefits. But those benefits mean nothing if you don’t foster an environment which retains lasting employees, Remember, recruiting is much easier than retaining, and as an employer, you need to take not only the candidate’s professional background into consideration, but the character and personality when engaging in that initial conversation.
“This is especially true for companies in less diverse regions where relocated minority employees may feel disconnected. You may need to take a more active role in helping them adjust to the culture at work as well as in their new communities,” the author writes.
The author suggests that first you need to identify what your needs are. “Does your workforce resemble the communities that you operate in? Do they match the demographic that you serve or want to serve? If not, develop a hiring strategy to increase workforce diversity.”
Make the job more compelling to job hunters by emphasizing details that will attract a more diverse candidate pool. “Be culturally sensitive when describing what makes your company a good place to work.”
Embrace diversity and create a workplace that’s as special and unique as you believe it to be.