New report identifies best practices for hiring to help businesses elevate their impact
Companies are in a fast race to diversify, as we’ve seen with the likes Pinterest, Facebook, Airbnb and other global giants investing their efforts in creating a more inclusive work culture. While diversity certainly makes a strong case for the bottom line, a company’s credibility and beyond, it also serves a greater purpose for innovation and creativity.
“Diversity enhances creativity and encourages the search for novel information and perspectives, leading to better decision making and problem solving… Even simply being exposed to diversity can change the way you think,” said Katherine Phillips, Senior Vice Dean of Columbia Business School.
The Impact Debrief: How To Leverage Social Good To Drive Business a new report from PSFK Labs identifies this trend of inclusive recruitment as a practice in which businesses should adopt to elevate their impact and influence. To help empower minorities, organizations are employing technological advancements that remove unconscious bias or developing internships that target specific communities. In consequence of this shift, woman, people of color and other minority groups that are vastly underrepresented in the business world—noticeably so in tech—are being afforded new opportunities for career entry and growth.
For example, Blendoor is a mobile job matching app that minimizes unconscious hiding bias by hiding certain information, including names and photographs, that would reveal a candidate’s gender, race, ability or sexual orientation. The service integrates with popular recruitment application systems, briefs candidates on the diversity programming at individual companies and provides candidates with career development recommendations.
“Your unconscious mind isn’t racist, sexist—bias is totally natural, and we’re trying to help you circumvent it with technology,” explained Stephanie Lampkin, Founder of Blendoor.
Organizations can look to third party platforms like Blendoor as an entry point to diversifying its teams. At the least, companies looking to advance their social impact and innovation should consider how technology could be employed to counter unconscious bias.
Larger organizations such as LinkedIn are dedicating entire programs to helping minorities find job opportunities. WelcomeTalent, an initiative created by the business networking site, helps refugees in Sweden find work opportunities created specifically for them by domestic companies. Employers, such as streaming music company, Spotify, can post an internship or a job for a refugee using the hashtag #welcometalent, which allows job seekers to easily identify available positions.
Download the Impact Debrief to read about this trend in full, and learn more about how your company can adopt more inclusive recruitment practices to elevate its innovation and impact.
PSFK’s Impact Debrief explores how companies are taking their corporate social responsibility initiatives to the next level. PSFK Labs spotlights innovation in the world of social good, offering insights into digital and organizational practices that will help any company elevate their impact and influence. Download the full report here and check back daily for exclusive content about the latest trends advancing corporate social innovation.
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