Equal opportunity and inclusive hiring are part of Spot’s mission. 70% of job seekers want to work for a company that’s diversity-focused. Many companies struggle to attract diverse talent. If it seems like a lot of work, it’s 100% worth it. Diversity is a competitive advantage for employers hiring right now.
What makes someone ‘diverse’?
The reality of work and government policies are changing. Baby boomers are getting older. So demographics are shifting to a diverse talent pool. There are so many definitions out there of diversity. Most of these definitions focus on one type of diversity.
We Need Diverse Books supports diversity in publishing. Their definition of diversity is a truthful reflection of our world:
“We recognize all diverse experiences, including LGBTQIA, people of colour, gender diversity, and people with disabilities. We also support ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.”
How can diversity benefit your business over the long-term, and why does inclusive hiring matter?
When your workforce is diverse, people of all backgrounds are involved in decision-making. Diversity may seem like an act of goodwill, but it’s also good for business. The benefits of diversity include:
- Fresh approaches to innovation
- Knowledge of a new market
- Greater chance of growth.
What is inclusive hiring?
Inclusive hiring is about hiring diverse talent. It’s also meaningfully including diverse talent in your work’s daily activities. According to Matt Bush, a Great Places to Work contributor:
“Inclusion is about how well integrated into an environment people are.”
Many employers think that hiring diverse people is enough, but that’s not true. Employees who feel included are three times more likely to commit to your company’s daily activities. If being inclusive seems challenging, Oxford Review has some good advice:
“Focus on what creates a sense or feeling of inclusion rather than ticking off the inclusion box. Because it can make a huge difference in achieving a deeper execution of inclusion.”
To put things into perspective here’s an example of inclusive hiring that worked
Initiatives that have introduced inclusive hiring to workplaces are a valuable teaching tool. A great example of inclusive hiring is the following:
The University of Regina’s Campus 4 All program. Campus 4 All helps students with intellectual disabilities find employment.
Peco Nagai is Campus 4 All’s Educational Coordinator. Twenty years ago, she immigrated to Canada. Her past experiences as an immigrant help her empathize with students. For her, inclusive hiring is a celebration of individuality.
How does Campus 4 All make the University of Regina an inclusive environment?
Peco’s main priority is giving people a chance. Here’s Peco’s opinion on what that looks like for her students:
“These people are not fragile. They are strong, they are adults. They are our equals that come to work. Don’t be protective. Work together from your heart. Because sometimes we close our kindness and say ‘that’s okay, you don’t have to do this’. This isn’t kind. Have the mindset that you can do it. Think about how you can do it. Or better yet, let’s think together.”
Peco’s first student was Lucas. He’s a fourth-year student, teaching assistant, and Special Olympics employee. Lucas also has an intellectual disability. With Lucas, Peco learned that having high expectations helps students succeed in their lives.
Why are Peco and Lucas’ stories important?
Now, Lucas is a teaching assistant at the University of Regina Centre for Student Accessibility. At work, he feels supported. Lucas’ co-workers treat him like an equal.
Peco and Lucas are an asset to the University. They can empathize with people with no support. Making them feel included at work required no extra money or resources.
When employee needs are supported, workplaces are inclusive. Inclusive workplaces have a high level of employee performance. Companies make more money when employees are productive.
Do you want to learn more about diversity and inclusion at work?
On May 24th, Spot and CITT will be participating in the 2021 Diversity and Inclusion (DEI) conference. At the conference, guest speakers will share inclusive hiring success stories. We’re looking forward to sharing our experiences and learning from other guest speakers.
Hopefully, we’ll see you there!