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For the month of June, we’ve decided to turn our focus on to the hot topic of ‘Open-Minded Recruitment’. At SocialTalent, we practise what we preach and that’s why we’ll be sharing insightful tips on how you can increase your talent pool using diverse initiatives. Today, we look at the battle for diversity, and what a successful plan looks like. Remove the thought of you having to merely reach your quota. Ignore the number and focus on the initiative!
1. Understand what D&I looks like
When introducing D&I initiatives into your company, it’s important that your company first understands the definition of D&I and what it looks like. Diversity & Inclusion is so much more than just race and gender. Something that is misunderstood amongst workers today.
Furthermore, it’s important to emphasise the importance of D&I initiatives. Much talk has been centred around the need to reach for HR to reach a certain quota with a ‘number’ being the most important drive. However, if you clarify the fact of leveraging D&I to produce a better service, product or solution within your company – all will become clearer for the rest of your workforce. Russell Reynolds Associates surveyed 2,167 executives around the world and it was clear that many struggled with understanding ‘inclusion’. The image below demonstrates this.
2. Kickstart your strategy
Having a D&I strategy is critical to your company’s success. But again, understanding the difference between both the ‘D’ and the ‘I’ will feed into you creating a comprehensive strategy. With this strategy, a business owner, CEO or top-tier leader needs to take control of creating a plan. More often than not, a strategy is created and over the series of a few months, the strategy is forgotten about. It just fades off into the distance.
To ensure that your strategy remains full of life and implemented correctly, here are a few things you can try;
- Create a D&I council to ensure best practices around D&I are being adhered to. Make sure you receive monthly updates on where your company stands with regards to D&I.
- Refine your initial strategy as your company evolves and changes so that it remains current and up-to-date.
- Measure your efforts using conventional measurements.
3. Start today & lead by example
It’s important for every leader to lead by example. To practice what they preach. As a CEO, Manager or team leader – it shouldn’t be any different. Promote an open workplace where people with all shapes, sizes and backgrounds can communicate effectively. You want people to feel accepted and appreciated.
People from all walks of life will have different perspectives on how things should operate in your company. Listening to each point-of-view and responding accordingly (where you see fit), will teach others best practice. Russell Reynolds Associates again show how you can start acting today.
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