So, what are some other practical steps you can take?
Diversity and inclusion can seem like a mountain to climb but here are some tangible actions you can take.
- Demonstrate your commitment
83% of millennials are actively engaged when they believe the organisation fosters an inclusive culture, compared to just 61% when they don’t believe it fosters an inclusive culture (Deloitte). And 80% of Gen Z said that it’s important for brands to address diversity and inclusion (Quantilope).
When you consider these stats showing people you take diversity and inclusion seriously is vital. Make sure you're communicating this in your online presence and through every applicant touch point.
- Use inclusive imagery and language
Consider the image and language you use carefully. If you're looking to attract more women or ethnic minority candidates for example include them in images. And when it comes to language used in any materials look out for gendered language that can alienate applicants. Check out resources like Textio, Witty Works, and Microsoft’s bias-free communication style guide for support.
- Work with a variety of recruitment agencies
If you use the same recruitment agency, you’re likely to get the same candidates. Using a wide range of agencies will open up the pool of potential candidates and help you reach more diverse talent.