Updated: Feb 5
BUSINESS OWNERS: How do you like your coffee?
More likely the answer to this question is very particular and it’s usually the same answer every time you ask the same person unless things occur (like lack of sleep or diet changes) and they have to change up coffee styles or preferences according to the outcome that is needed at the moment.
For coffee, sticking to the same preferences is okay. But in the workplace, things should never work by that system. You should not — therefore cannot hire only one "type" of person. Im sure the goal is always to choose good candidates. But in the case of building a strong team you need variety, diversity, and to implement inclusion. Don't make the mistake of wasting time. This happens when one waits until the last minute, by thinking this doesn’t apply to their own situation. Falling victim to that mindset causes you stress and difficulty trying to find “the perfect people” because now you find yourself in a crunch or bind.
So before you “need to”, take the time to understand that diversity is the right thing to do, it is the way of life, it makes a stronger workforce, it benefits you and the workers in ways you wouldn’t even imagine, and best of all, your customers will thank you for it in more ways than one.
Diversity is the #1 key to staff your business. In this blog I will give you 4 ways to hire a more diverse workgroup.
Dealing with so many uncertain circumstances at this moment in 2020, almost everyone everywhere needs a job or a chance to earn extra income right now. So application-awareness and application placement is going to be key. Make this job offer easily accessible in multiple locations more than what’s considered “normal” for your company.
Diverse means to be different, and to have variation within your staff. People can be diverse in age, ethnicity, race, experience, gender, physical ability. So do not look for diversity only in one area. That is the way of thinking that we are trying to stray away from in the first place.
Lift some of the strict (and non-mandatory) applicant requirements. Some that will call for a lot of skilled candidates to be ruled out.
Offer training in areas that may not be pre-obtained from beginner candidates. This may be useful for those who do not usually go for jobs in that field and your whole goal is to attract them.
"It means equality, it's that simple," says Yvette Willis, manager of Unlimited Staffing Solutions in Philadelphia, PA.
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