An Ethical and Diverse Hiring Process
The downturn of the global economy has instigated companies to re evaluate their workforce. How do we work smarter, more efficient and become a leaner diverse workforce to meet the competitive challenges? The base line process is hiring the best resources available that can be a fit for the culture, have the skills required, enjoy where they work and feel like they are contributing. Diversity in the work place is among the top points on most companies mission statement. An overview includes why a company should care about how ethical hiring practices, testing processes and the removal of bias can all contribute to a high performance workforce.
Ethics in Diverse Hiring
In a global economy a diverse workforce is mandatory to meeting the needs of all clients, internal or external to the company. The challenge to most organizations is how to meet the skills and experience required and establishes effective selection devices determined to fair and unbiased. Once established, determine methods for making the hiring decision. The goal is to remove or mitigate the potential for adverse impact. (Aamondt, M. 2012 pg. 229) It is imperative in the hiring process to decide how to ethically consider race or gender and the role it will play in the hiring process. As well, the culture fit vs. testing performance as an affective selection method, but most important remove personal bias form the equation. Develop a hiring process and training plan for the hiring managers on your final process, this step is key to building a high-performance culture.
Gender Or Race
The hiring process required to build a high performing team should consider race, gender and experience mix. Diversity, if all milestones or tests in the hiring process were within a margin of error is ethically appropriate to make a choice regardless of race, gender or experience. Bringing together workers with different qualifications, backgrounds, and experiences are all key to effective problem-solving on the job. Similarly, diversity breeds creativity and innovation. Of 321 large global enterprises—companies with at least $500 million in annual revenue—surveyed in a Forbes study in 2011, 85 percent agreed or strongly agreed that diversity is crucial to fostering innovation in the workplace. (Americanprogress.org. 2012) In the near future, the proof of diversity adding value to high performing teams/organizations, specifically in the global market will eliminate the disparity in race and gender gaps.
A 2010 Accenture report on High Performance Workforces presented a “agree/disagree” question as part of a survey, the question was “We have a highly diverse workforce as measured not just by ethnic group, but also by other key dimensions including age, gender and experience backgrounds.” The results 60% Agree and 38% disagree. (Accenture.com 2010 Pg. 22). My opinion, this question has a lot of meanings and leaves unanswered more questions....