When you post a new job at your company, you may have a certain type of candidate in mind. You may even form a picture of them in your head — what they look like, including their gender, race, and so on. This can be a result of whomever was previously in the role, or who you’ve tended to interview in the past for these types of positions. While it’s very possible that a person who matches the description you have in your head is a great candidate for the job, there are likely many others who are more than qualified.
By looking outside the standard hiring pool of candidates that may fit within a certain category, you can bring more diverse applicants who have the skills, qualifications, and experience you want. You can also give someone an opportunity in a field where they may not have had too many opportunities based on outdated hiring practices and a narrow focus when it comes to diversity.
As a business owner, you want your employees to feel empowered to come up with new ideas and run with them. You want them to feel confident in speaking their mind when they feel that they have a solution to a problem. However, if your office or workplace isn’t a setting that feels inclusive, certain employees may not speak up or share their ideas, simply because they don’t feel like they have a voice. Employees of certain races, genders, or sexual orientations may not feel that they belong and are simply another face in the crowd or a number in the corporate system.
By promoting inclusion, you can remove barriers to new ideas and encourage everyone to share equally in the ideas that move your business forward. As your company grows and new people join your team, everyone can feel that they’re on equal footing, instead of having to try to climb to the same level as their coworkers and peers. You’ll start to get ideas and suggestions from those who have never spoken up before, and everyone can feel confident in not only their job, but in the fact that they have a say in how the business operates.
As for CE, we integrate diversity and inclusion so that our team can feel respected and empowered in everything they do. By promoting a range of perspectives and ideas, we can provide more value to our clients by not limiting what is possible. We want our team to have a positive work-life balance, along with individual health and wellness that keeps them feeling good about themselves and what they do.
If you’re a company that’s looking to become more diverse and inclusive, start by redefining what you’re looking for in an ideal candidate. You may have to throw out some preconceived notions of what the ideal candidate is or what they look like, and you may have to go back to the drawing board on what you want your workplace to look and feel like on a regular basis. However, once you’ve reset your focus and charted new expectations, you can look forward to having a business that supports all of its employees and empowers them to do their best.
To learn more about our diversity and inclusion practices, or to see how we can help you find new candidates for open IT and creative positions at your company, please contact us today. We’re always excited to build new relationships!