As managers, we’re constantly striving to build a workforce that’s comprised of individuals with talent, experience, and ambition. It can be a mistake, however, for employers to base their recruiting tactics solely on these criteria. By searching for the same basic qualities in all prospective job candidates, managers run the risk of creating an excessively uniform workforce. There has never been – nor will there ever be – anything wrong with expecting your employees to demonstrate talent, experience, and ambition. It’s essential, however, to make an equally strong effort to recruit for diversity. By striving to build a diverse workforce, we’ll be laying the groundwork for a more dynamic, creative, and productive workplace.
With that in mind, this post will explore four easy steps that employers can use to add more diversity to their workplaces:
- Devise a measurement system. It will be much easier to improve diversity within your workplace if you have a practical way to measure success. At the outset, it can be constructive to meet with team leaders to get their thoughts on where, specifically, and along which dimensions, diversity might be improved. As you proceed, it will be important to continue the dialogue with your team leaders so that the process of improving diversity can be a trackable as well as a collaborative effort.
- Remember that diversity is multidimensional. Diversity is not only about ethnicity. We should always be working towards a more diverse workforce in terms of gender, religious background, nationalities, sexual orientation, and physical ability (just to name a few examples).
- Pay attention to patterns in employee turnover. It’s often the case that organizations will experience a higher employee turnover rate for a particular demographic than they will for others. You may find it to be the case, for example, that your female employees tend to leave their positions within your company more often or more quickly than their male counterparts. If this is the case, it may be time to restrategize your retention efforts in such a way that they will be able to maintain diversity within the workplace.
- Reinforce your anti-discrimination policies. Your efforts to maximize diversity, tolerance, and inclusivity at your workplace should be reflected in your company policies. Be sure that you have policies aimed at fighting all forms of discrimination in the workplace that hold all of your employees – including executives and team leaders – accountable.
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