May 21st is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development and is a globally celebrated day established within the United Nations in 2001. What’s sad is that 19 years later, we still need a reminder to celebrate diversity. This day was created to symbolize unity amongst cultures on a global scale and inspire ways for humanity to further sustainable and equitable development of all people. In a world where we are constantly deterring cultural appropriation, it’s vital that we begin celebrating our underrepresented communities without causing further pains. The current pandemic has positioned us with an opportunity to embrace cultural diversity through recruitment and redefine how we approach talent conversations.
COVID-19 is putting a damper on many special occasions and holidays. So far, we’ve lost remnants of Passover, Easter, Ramadan, and now we’ve arrived at Cinco de Mayo.
As talent acquisition and HR professionals, we have a responsibility to make workplace celebrations inclusive, educational, and most importantly respectful. Given the state of the world, we’re all being challenged to redefine our sense of community and although Cinco de Mayo is going to look ׂׂׂׂׂׂ(way!) different this year. This is a great opportunity for us to practice inclusion and get to the core of what makes this day so special.
Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month was established in 1978 by a joint congressional resolution to honor the traditions and raise awareness within and around this remarkable community. To celebrate this month, we gathered some of the most interesting facts surrounding the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities. Historically, AAPI’s have overcome so much and it’s only fitting that we honor their progress.
As talent professionals and HR leaders, we have a responsibility to tend and care for the planet that surrounds us. Much like our world, our hiring landscape has experienced many changes over time. We have built foundations for new processes, we’ve demolished procedures, shaken up metrics, and tapped into new wells to source talent.
We’ve seen the news, our headlines are bombarded with the latest COVID-19 updates. It’s forcing many companies to close their doors and shifting others into a work from home anomaly. So, to help you maintain a pulse on your company culture during this time of uncertainty, we’ve pulled out the tips to keep your newly-founded remote team going strong.
Telling a candidate ‘no’ is never easy, but the good news is there’s finally a culture developing behind creating positive candidate experiences. With six out of ten candidates reporting a negative candidate experience, we can officially consider this topic a business imperative. Not because it directly affects candidates’ perception but because it also deeply ties into the employer brand. Companies and organizations with strong employer brands see a 43% decrease in hiring costs and are finally realizing the impact of candidate experience and human capital.
Like many others in our society, I’m mixed or “multiracial” if we’re being politically correct. However, Black History wasn’t something I was accustomed to as I grew up. I never got to know the black side of my background -- I had a deadbeat father and my very white mother, aunt and grandmother raised me collectively. So, as I grew up, my blackness wasn’t something I claimed entirely. It was more like the silent elephant in the room.
When I was still in school studying for my masters in tech management I was one of very few female students. During my time, the faculty was predominantly male, however, I found comfort in one of my professors, a female electrical engineer. This professor worked closely with the US Navy and was a total badass when it came to development, design and algorithms. A true role model who succeeded in areas that many others didn’t even try. A true inspiration in a time where female engineers were considered to be an urban myth.
As diversity and inclusion enthusiasts, we often look to the Diversity Heroes throughout history for guidance - those who paved the way with brave hearts and true ambition to create change in the world. Today specifically, we’re honoring Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most historically pivotal leaders in the Civil Rights Movement and a true catalyst for change. Dr. King’s work and mission has echoed loudly and provided a moral and ethical backbone so impactful initiatives could thrive today. And, that's how we do what we do.
Let’s be honest, we all know how difficult hiring can be. Going through the process of sourcing quality candidates and placement in open positions can lead to feelings of anguish and despair. That alone can drive a hiring manager mad and we haven’t even mentioned retention. Aside from sourcing, by the end of the hiring process companies are usually out a pretty penny and many times miss out on great talent that simply wasn’t handled in the right manner.