Why You Should Treat Workplace Diversity Like a Box of Chocolates

This was originally published on business.com on 11th May 2019.

“To paraphrase Forrest Gump, the hiring process is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get. But when resumes start coming in, business owners (or hiring managers) often stick to what they know and pick their favourites. They play it safe, knowing what they like and thinking that familiarity will tick all the boxes the same as it did before.

Speaking metaphorically, what if a Turkish delight could actually fit the role better than another Cadbury milk chocolate? What about that cherry cordial? You can’t know what each has to offer, and you could miss out on the best person for the job if you never give them a try.

Unconscious bias stops us from trying that new chocolate type and has also been called out as one of the main factors inhibiting workplace diversity.”

Read more for three strategies that businesses have explored to increase diversity in the workplace, including quotas and targets and blind hiring.

To read the whole article, click here.

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