Hub report – How to Attract Women: Best Recruitment Practices

The JUMP Hub is the network of corporate diversity officers dedicated to the exchange of best practices on gender equality at work.

The 27th September 2016, the Hub session brought together 3 speakers and 25 participants from 14 companies reflecting a diversity of industry sectors, experience and perspectives. The focus of the event was how to attract the best female talent and share best practices on top female talent acquisition. Three presentations were given.

Sara Vermeir, Executive search consultant at Russell Reynolds Associates raised the issue of the diversity and inclusion talent challenge: while thinking of diversity is a good intention, you also need to look at inclusion. It is not about getting to a 30% ratio of women but about helping them progress. A crucial part of this change is by making companies aware of the need for a hard-to-achieve culture change. For this talk Sara shared six practices to best attract and hire women.

Tinna C. Nielsen, co-writer of the Inclusion Nudges Guidebook, taught us about the design of behavioural interventions to create effective inclusion nudges in the hiring process. She developed three steps to achieve diversity: making people feel the need for change, helping the brain make better decisions, and making people perceive the issue differently.

Pastora Valero, Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia at Cisco Systems, Inc., focused on the importance of female role models. Data is still showing significant gaps in female talent pipeline, which become bigger the higher up you go in the corporate ladder. In order to help women find their way up to leadership positions, it is vital to have senior women to support them, making the road easier and safer for talented young women. Inclusion has become a business imperative.

 

You can read the full report of that JUMP Corporate Hub.

 

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