How can an employer create a diverse workforce?

Author: Jill Gormley, Strong and Clear Communications

An employer can create a diverse workforce by attracting a diverse pool of job applicants and valuing the unique qualities of each individual. In doing so, employers should seek to post job openings outside the company instead of relying on word of mouth or hiring from within. Job advertisements should not make reference to any characteristics such as race, gender, age or religion. Further, an employer can create a diverse workforce by implementing policies and practices geared toward tolerance and inclusiveness. Diversity is premised on the idea that organizations and companies are most effective when they leverage and include the views and abilities of employees of all backgrounds, races, religions, national origins, genders, sexual orientation, economic status and other differentiators in the workplace. The goal of diversity is to foster a culture of mutual respect and understanding, leading to a more productive work force and one that better reflected the diversity of customers and global markets.