57% of Employees Think Their Companies Should be More Diverse

This week we’re uncovering some “frightening” recruitment statistics around diversity in hiring.

These latest industry stats are helping us to change the minds of those in recruitment power positions to understand the importance of a diverse workforce.

It’s becoming an increasingly talked about topic in the industry and we are now more than ever aware that companies need diversity to help their businesses achieve growth, but there are still those recruitment managers out there that think it’s just unnecessary.

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ZOCKET’S TOP 5 FACTS TO MAKE YOU RECONSIDER:

We stumbled across a report by Clear Company which outlined some pretty frightening diversity in hiring statistics, here’s our top pick.

  1. Racially Diverse Teams Outperform Non-diverse Ones by 35%
  2. Blind Applications Lead to Five Times More Women
  3. Bilingual Employees Earn 10% More Revenue
  4. 40% of People Think There’s a Double-Standard Against Hiring Women
  5. 57% of Employees Think Their Companies Should be More Diverse

You can read the full report by Clear Company here.

 

“Say no to discrimination!”

 

WHAT IS DIVERSITY IN HIRING?

It’s as simple as it sounds, creating a diverse workforce and hiring without any bias related to the candidates’ age, religion, political beliefs, gender, ethnicity, education or any other personal information that could discriminate him/her from other applicants.

Let’s break it down even further. Stereotypes, It happens quite often that we envision certain types of people for a specific role, e.g. doctors are men and nurses are women. However, we certainly arrived in the 21st century and we are breaking free from these role divisions, but we still need to acknowledge that discrimination exists and can affect the hiring process.

 

IT’S NOT JUST A QUOTA

It is also crucial for an employer to communicate to the workforce that the candidates are hired because they are the best fit for the position and didn’t get hired out of the blue just to fulfill some quotas. (E.g. hiring a women not to fulfill the female quota in high positions but because she has the skills and perfectly suits the position).

Hiring a diverse workforce without any bias can benefit the company and teams in many ways and shouldn’t just be done to fulfill legal compliance and to show good faith.

 

DIVERSITY BENEFITS:

DIVERSITY BENEFIT 1

Markets expand globally and it is essential for the success of companies to understand and adapt to the different practices, needs, and beliefs. A diverse workforce is a key advantage to this.

 

DIVERSITY BENEFIT 2

The company will gain a more motivated workforce when the employees are treated with respect, dignity, and understanding.

 

DIVERSITY BENEFIT 3

Building up a socially responsible reputation for valuing differences can attract more talented professionals because they know that their skills, ideas, and backgrounds are appreciated. They will feel more committed to the company, which leads to higher productivity and lower turnover.

 

DIVERSITY BENEFIT 4

A diverse workforce with different cultural and social backgrounds will eventually bring more ideas to the table, therefore, highly contributing to the company’s innovation and continuous improvements. This becomes especially important in the life science industry that is highly dependent on innovation and needs to hire employees who are ready to challenge the status quo.

All those facts will lead to being more profitable.

 

How Zocket can help

At Zocket, we strongly believe in the strength of a diverse workforce that includes professionals from different social and cultural backgrounds and that it is important for today’s businesses to start hiring with (unconscious) bias.

You can imagine Zocket as a platform for blind dates. The profiles of the professionals/candidates are set private/incognito, covering their personal information. The interaction between companies and professionals is materialized by personality traits that are vital for the position and that enhances the team/workforce but also the candidates’ skills and work preferences.

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