It’s been proven that when a team includes people of different genders, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, etc., it produces more creative, innovative and effective results. That’s because diverse groups offer a wider range of experiences, and don’t simply parrot back the same old ideas produced by people of similar backgrounds.
But diversity doesn’t just happen on its own: Companies need to actively seek and recruit candidates from a variety of backgrounds to ensure they’re not inadvertently creating a homogenous workforce.
We asked 15 members of Forbes Coaches Council to share their best advice for attracting a more diverse talent pool.
Know Yourself And Your Candidates
Meet Them Where They Are
Don’t Look At Names
Collect Referrals From Your Existing Employees
Let Candidates Know You Value Diversity
Try Unique Candidate-Scanning Techniques
Segment Diversity Prospects And Target Appropriately
Partner With Schools
Avoid The ‘Quick Hire’
Create A Company Culture That Supports Diversity
Make Your Search Intentional
Look Beyond Your Usual Places
Build A Diverse Management Team First
Send The Right Message In Your Employer Marketing
Advertise In Diverse Media