When we talk about diversity in the workplace, we often think in terms of demographics. Do women make up a certain percentage of your company’s leadership? Are you recruiting more candidates from underrepresented backgrounds than in the past?
A diverse workforce is one in which people of all genders, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, ages, abilities and more feel welcome, but “diversity” and “inclusion” are more than just criteria to be met. These are critical elements of the employee experience that can also make companies more innovative and successful. So with this in mind, how can you truly make hiring more inclusive?
Partner with outside organisations to meet new candidates
If you want a more diverse workforce it might be time to try something different. While it may be tempting to rely on the same sourcing strategy that has worked for you in the past, this may be limiting your company’s ability to recruit a larger — and more diverse — pool of candidates. Partnering with organisations in your industry that represent people of diverse backgrounds is a great way to discover candidates you may never have met otherwise.
HubSpot is an example of a company that found success by looking outside their own hiring department. To recruit a more diverse set of candidates, HubSpot collaborated with organisations devoted to expanding science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) opportunities for students from underrepresented backgrounds, such as Hack.Diversity and Resilient Coders. As a result, HubSpot was able to meet candidates — and eventual hires — from a wider range of backgrounds, creating a more diverse workforce.
Partnering with outside organisations is a great way to meet new and more diverse candidates. Read on for some other great suggestions about how to incorporate diversity and inclusion into recruiting and facilitate positive workplace experiences.