Having a team with a wide set of perspectives and experiences can greatly improve your team’s chances for long-term success. An inclusive workplace environment produces more well-rounded discussions and better-balanced products.
When looking to strengthen diversity, broader hiring practices is a good place to start, as is re-examining company culture. So what are some things to be aware of? Below, six members of Forbes Technology Council share their methods for improving hiring practices, as well as discuss things to consider when implementing change. Here’s what they advise:
1. Focus On The ‘Why’ First
Talk openly and frequently about the business value and the energizing culture that comes from truly diverse teams. Build a collective understanding of what it means to your team; don’t just make it a goal and don’t just focus on one type of diversity. Create a skill-building value proposition for hiring that appeals to a broader group and encourages skills-based hiring. – Charles Stucki, Bayware
2. Find People That Complement
Self-awareness is key in encouraging diversity among your staff. We all tend to hire people “like us,” but what we really need is to hire people that complement our weaknesses. Letting team members know that it is “right and normal” to need others, can incentivize them to seek out others that are different, as opposed to being like them. – Dave Bellando, 1st Global Research and Consulting