Tougher measures needed to achieve Inclusive Recruitment

Inclusive recruitment should be a priority for all companies, however in many it’s simply not happening and it’s even going backwards in some. Here are some of the challenges companies face and how tougher measures could change the playing field.

The World Economic Forum says that 78% of organizations are actively trying to recruit more women. Despite the increased in women graduates to almost 60% in many developed geographies and the higher numbers present in the workplace it is still a challenge to meet this demand via sourcing and attracting female candidates. The reality is that despite pronouncements such as this from the larger organisations, women remain under-represented especially in the upper echelons of their companies. Most women are employed by SMEs where commitment to inclusive recruitment may not be as strong. In some areas we are even seeing regression where the needle is actually moving backwards. Another significant barrier is the role of unconscious bias in the recruitment process, which shifts the focus away from the skills required for any particular job.

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Organic Parity

The World Economic Forum also indicates that it will take 169 years for organic gender parity to be achieved in our global workplaces. For many this is far too slow, not just from a sense of gender justice but in business terms. The research is incontrovertible whether we reference Deloitte, McKinsey, PWC, the World Economic Forum or the World Bank. Diversity makes business sense. CEOs claim to be boosting their inclusive recruitment efforts, but studies suggest that a stronger effort is needed to engage, or maybe compel, middle managers in these efforts to speed up the results. Some tech companies are already starting to link KPIs to the building of gender balanced and diverse teams because they are recognised as being higher functioning. This includes results in general talent management and business and financial success.

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