A diverse workforce starts with hiring
Diversity Doesn’t Come From an Annual Training Seminar
Diversity starts at hiring. You simply can’t have a diverse workforce full of people with new and interesting ideas if you hire from the same group of people who’ve always worked for your company. Simply put, you can’t train your not-yet-diverse workforce and they’ll magically become more representative.
To have a multicultural workforce you have to hire one. Hiring starts at the recruiting process… which starts at sourcing. We’ll assume if you’re here, you’ve already gotten to the stage of deciding diversity is part of your business culture.
When we train diversity, we like to take a much deeper look than skin color. Hiring someone with a different cultural outlook than your own isn’t about meeting a quota. It’s about bringing ideas to the table you never would have considered.
One of our founders was quoted in a thought provoking article in Entrepreneur Magazine on the subject of Unconscious Bias. It’s well written and deserves a read if for no reason other than the fact that it gives you some tools to begin combating this challenge in the workplace. We teach this concept, and several possible solutions, in our Diversity Training Programs.
We also teach alternative views on what diverse recruiting really means. We wrote a whitepaper on this concept years ago, even before teaching our first program on the subject. It’s still available here.
One of our clients completed this training, and within 12 months was named one of the 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity by Fortune and Great Places to Work. Adding this program to your HR or recruiting team’s skill set will directly result in an improved group of people to consider for all your roles.
We can train this in a recurring fashion for your team, or as a one time event. It can be held online over our proven WebEx platform, or in person. An hour at a time, or full day marathon. You have more choices than you’re used to, which is really the point of the program.
Email Tricia Tamkin or call her (630.830.3000) to get started.
Michael Hakeem, Director of Talent, Alexion
“After Jason and Tricia taught sourcing to our swat team of internal recruiters, we were so pleased with the results we brought them in to support a major diversity hiring initiative. Because of their custom training, my team could deliver at least one diversity candidate for every open position. I highly recommend.”
How Does Diversity Training Work?
Our diversity sourcing training program is only offered as private training. We need to understand your corporate objectives and customize the program to your needs. The last thing you want for a diversity training program is a cookie-cutter approach. Training programs in this area simply must be customized.
The process starts with an in-depth discovery where we meet with your internal champions, understand your initiative and the necessary results. We learn your business drivers, the types of people you hire, and your existing open requirements. Once we’ve got a good understanding, we build a comprehensive eSourcing program to teach your recruiting staff how to go after diverse, multi-cultural candidates. Training will always start with the concept of unconscious bias. Each of us has our own belief system, and that impacts the choices we make. Understanding that bias enables us to make better decisions and become aware of our predispositions.
Perhaps you’d like to hire more women, people from a multi-cultural background, or new employees who identify as LGBTQ. All of this is feasible in any industry, and we’ll give them the tools. Your staff will be able to identify new candidates within hours of the program starting.
Everything we do is focused on results. You have a diversity initiative, and we’re here to help you achieve the desired outcomes.