Diversity is linked to a range of business outcomes, from engagement and innovation to the bottom line, but do you need expensive studies and complex programs to ensure you’re getting the right people? HRM’s experts don’t think so.

“While preparing a company to be more effective in attracting and leveraging a diverse workforce does take some investment, these do not need to be at the big company, big budget level,” consultant Joseph Santana said.

He suggests simple steps such as telling recruiters to send you a diverse slate of candidates for open jobs, and using online training programs to address unconscious bias and other problem areas for staff and company leaders. In-kind donations, such as offering off-hour use of company spaces, can be a low-cost way to develop and maintain relationships with diverse professional associations that can bring you access to a rich pool of talent, Santana added.

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Source: HRM Online