Some hiring managers aren’t fully onboard with the benefits of diversity
Your workplace will look different in the coming years.
Sitting in offices nearby, there will be increased gender, ethnic and racial diversity. Indeed, this is already happening: For example, more than one-third of the U.S. workforce is currently made up of people of color, according to the Center for American Progress — which notes that this stat will only increase “as the United States becomes a more racially and ethnically diverse country.” (By 2050, the organization estimates that there will be no racial or ethnic majority in our country.)
Most of us, of course, think this is a good thing for companies. “Recruiting and retaining a diverse, inclusive group of employees lets your company reflect the world around you and makes your team better able to develop fresh ideas that will meet the needs of the whole marketplace,” writes Kim Abreu in Entrepreneur.
And many companies are putting money towards making more diversity happen faster: About one in three (35%) hiring decision makers expect to increase investment in diversity and inclusion efforts, while only 3% expect it to decrease, according to a survey of 750 hiring decision makers in the U.S. and U.K. released Tuesday by Glassdoor.
But not all hiring decision makers think that more diversity will improve their talent pool. Of the hiring managers who expect to make significant progress towards achieving their diversity and inclusion goals in the next year, fully one in 5 (20%) said this will worsen the quality of the hiring. (On the plus side, more than half — 52% — do think it will improve it.)
Heeding the call to diversity can have a ripple effect on your talent pool, as diverse employees can improve the quality of the people who apply to work at a company. A Glassdoor survey from 2014 found that about two-thirds of job seekers said that a diverse workforce was an important factor when evaluating companies and job offers.
“Job seekers want insights into what businesses are doing to build a workforce that is diverse in all aspects of the word be it age, gender, ethnicity or thought,” says Carmel Galvin, chief human resources officer of Glassdoor.
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