THE IMPORTANCE OF GLOBAL DIVERSITY
OCTOBER IS GLOBAL DIVERSITY MONTH
Diversity in the workplace is not just an on-trend buzzword. Diversity is critical to establishing culture, creating innovative new products and ideas, and maintaining employee morale. To celebrate National Global Diversity Month, we are discussing why establishing diversity is a critical business tool, what new technological innovations are in play to avoid gender biases, how to fully embrace diversity and where countries and corporations rate on the index.
DIVERSITY: THE HERO WITH AN INVISIBLE CAPE
"It is a business tool that creates robust strategic advantages. Today, it is much more than compliance. The era of ‘check in the box’ human resource initiatives is gone. It is a cultural shift in organizations that goes beyond personnel count or issuing statements on inclusive practices. Diversity has slowly made its way as a boardroom conversation in hiring diverse talent and creating inclusive business practices that foster belonging and positive employee experiences. However, a lot of enterprises are struggling with these initiatives. These are usually half baked, poorly funded tactical inclusion initiatives disconnected from larger, more substantial and well-funded general corporate goals which don’t serve the purpose. The initiatives are mostly well-meaning but are misguided in their approach. Curating an effective diversity and inclusion strategy requires strong, sustained and inclusive leadership which substantially augments stronger business performance."

WHY DIVERSITY IS KEY TO ATTRACTING FREELANCERS AND CONTRACT WORKERS
"New data released by Randstad Sourceright in its 2019  Talent Trends survey, 72 percent of permanent talent and 71 percent of contingent talent find it important to work with a company that emphasizes creating a diverse and inclusive workplace: “The expectations employees have of their employer are evolving and our latest survey shows just how important diversity has become to prospective hires,” said Rebecca Henderson, CEO, Randstad Global Businesses and Executive Board member. “Employers looking to attract top talent must focus on communicating how much they value people and diverse perspectives, not just the financial value they provide.”

HOW TO EMBRACE DIVERSITY
"Diversity is not just a passing trend or a corporate buzz word. It is a major factor that sets productive and profitable companies apart from those that ignore this crucial element of a successful corporate environment. Companies that appreciate and celebrate diversity among their employees find that innovation is more common and productivity gains are more lasting.
Corporate leaders should consistently assess the levels of diversity in their workplace. This includes races, ethnicities, genders, and backgrounds. These efforts to embrace diversity in the workplace will create an environment where innovation, collaboration, and creativity can thrive."

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DATA TOOLS TO HELP HR PROFESSIONALS AVOID GENDER BIASES
Often, people aren’t as fair as they lead themselves to believe. Whether positive or negative,  unconscious bias  plays a part in hiring decisions. When recruiters see something of themselves in someone else, they’re more likely to form a favorable impression. When dealing with someone different, however, they’re more likely to feel unsure of that person. These unconscious attitudes are especially harmful during the hiring process. Unconscious bias prevents diverse candidates from successfully moving through the hiring pipeline. Resultantly, a growing number of forward-thinking HR leaders leverage automation tools to eliminate hiring bias.

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RANKING WORKPLACE DIVERSITY AROUND THE WORLD
"Mandy Rico, global director of the Kantar Inclusion Index, said: “A significant amount of work remains to be done to make workplaces more inclusive, diverse and equal, especially around the subject of bullying which persists at high levels around the world.” Kantar’s inclusion index benchmarking and change management consulting services enable companies to consistently measure, analyze and act to transform their business culture."