How to build a diverse workforce

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What you'll learn:

You’ll learn how to be aware of biases that can impact your recruitment strategies. You’ll also learn how to use behavioral data and other best practices to ensure a diverse workforce.

What is diversity and inclusion at work?

To achieve diversity in the workplace, companies must first foster a workplace culture of inclusion, respect, and understanding. Only then can they successfully recruit the full spectrum of qualified talent.

Inclusion is different from diversity. Simply hiring a diverse candidate base is not enough to positively impact a company. These candidates should feel embraced by their workplace and colleagues, and feel empowered to actively engage with their company and coworkers. Inclusion occurs when all employees experience a sense of engagement and belonging.

Creating a diverse workforce doesn’t just happen. Diversity must first be introduced as an integral part of a company’s mission statement, then further defined in the company or employee handbook. Finally, it must be fully realized through program and process implementation. A culture of diversity, inclusion, and engagement necessitates that everyone is (and feels) included, everyone participates, and everyone strives to hit the same company goals.

Before we dive into how to become more diverse, let’s first take a look at why this matters. Use the chart below to see just a few of the many benefits that come with a more diverse workforce.

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