Diversity programs for hiring have been the talk of HR for some time. Still, it’s a good idea to look at diversity and equality in hiring to ensure that your program provides the best experiences for all applicants and employees. Diversity in the workplace isn’t as easy as attending a few classes. There are a lot of things to consider when creating a diversity-driven talent acquisition plan. Here are some ideas you can adopt to improve your hiring process through diversity and equality.
Conduct an Audit
The first step is to understand where you’re starting from and how to reach your goals. Identify how the system is currently handling diversity, any bottlenecks that keep candidates from moving forward in the process, or situations that may cause good candidates to drop out. You want to understand the current strengths and weaknesses to know what to improve.
Start with One Metric
Rome wasn’t built in a day. It’s okay to know that you can’t necessarily do a complete overhaul overnight, but you can start small and build from there. Start with just one metric to improve, and you can add on over time. For example, you may want to increase the visibility of women, AAPI, or BIPOC candidates in specific roles or management positions within the organization.
Increase Diverse Sourcing Channels
You can’t find diverse candidates if you’re not looking in the places where diverse candidates already are. It would help if you made an effort to attract candidates from different population areas through your sources and processes. For example, you can change your job descriptions to have more inclusive language. You can also showcase your company culture in your employer brand by sharing videos or social media posts demonstrating a commitment to diversity.
Make Candidate Screening More Inclusive
Many applicants may fall through the cracks of your candidate screening process. Pre-hire personality tests are great and can improve diversity hiring in your organization. You can also use blind hiring techniques by removing identifying information from the resume review process to eliminate the potential for unconscious bias.
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