There’s nothing like showing your team that your actions match your intentions. This collection of best practices, tips and tools will help you do just that. We hope you will find these practices useful and implement them into your organization
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How can you take action?
Start by reducing bias in your hiring process.
Seek to understand Make sure you understand what hiring prejudices are and how they operate. Once you understand, provide your team with education and training on the topic.
Action: Visit Project Implicit, the work of psychologists at Harvard, the University of Virginia and the University of Washington. Their assessments, called Implicit Association Tests, identify and measure hidden bias.
Rework job description
Job listings play an important role in recruiting talent. They provide the first impression of a company’s culture.
Research shows that masculine language, such as adjectives like “competitive” and “determined,” may cause women to perceive they would not belong in that particular work environment. On the other hand, words like “collaborative” and “cooperative” tend to draw more women than men.
Action: Look into software programs like Textio that identify stereotypical gender-biased words.
Textio – this web-based tool highlights problematic phrasing in job postings and offers suggestions to help you attract diverse, qualified candidates.
Give a work sample set
Work sample tests mimic the type of work an applicant will do and help demonstrate future job performance.
The goal is for the “interview to become a third independent data point.”
For more about this topic, read How Atlassian Boosted Its Female Technical Hires by 80%.
Look at your organization’s current framework
One way to achieve social change in an organization is to incorporate race equity and inclusion at every stage of work. It’s a great way to prove you’re a fair, ethical and human employer.
Use suppliers that are committed to diversity and inclusion.
Established in 2003, Allstate’s supplier diversity program has steadily increased its procurement of goods and services with diverse suppliers. In 2016, Allstate spent more than $448 million with these businesses. Allstate is committed to increasing its spend with diverse suppliers.
Create employer groups for communities that hold regular events and advocate for diversity awareness.
Implement a diversity policy or detailed statement relevant to your values.
A diversity policy is a great way to help take your culture to the next level. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) provides a good starting point for a diversity policy template:
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