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Special D&I Report
can provide hiring mangers the ability to hit diverse
hiring targets, Anderson says. And communicating wins
also makes a difference. " Be sure to provide positive
recognition and encouragement to the teams-recruiters
and hiring managers-that embrace D&I, " she says. These
efforts will not go unnoticed and play a large role in
creating a culture of inclusion.
Jeff Bettinger, global head of talent management and
organizational development for Alcon, says it's also
important to take steps to limit unconscious bias. " Best
practices include blind screening where all personal,
demographic, and names are removed from resumes
before submission to hiring managers so that managers
only review qualifi cations and skills, " he recommends.
In addition, he adds that leveraging diverse interview
panels helps candidates to " see themselves " as part of the
company because it provides the opportunity to speak
with people who may share similar characteristics. " It
also allows diverse points of view to provide feedback on
candidates and engage various points of view, " Bettinger
adds.
Sourcing from diverse pools by advertising to diverse
populations will help keep perspectives and experiences
fresh, populating qualifi ed talent pipelines. Organizations
should set up targets to help keep talent acquisition teams
on track, Bettinger says.
Best Practices
A study from Allegis Group Talent Advisory found
that 72 percent of organizations have a diversity and
inclusion strategy in place but less than half named it as
a priority for business success. To help move the needle,
organizations should consider the following best practices:
* Ensure policies and procedures enhance a diverse culture.
Silva says this can be achieved through a combination of
" evolving benefi t offerings to ensure employees' broad
spectrum of needs are met; equality in all decisions related
to employment, including recruiting, development and
compensation; reasonable accommodations to facilitate
the employment of people with disabilities or who are
pregnant; and an intolerance of discrimination and
harassment. "
* Don't boil the ocean. " Only start things that you can
actually accomplish and do, " says Anderson. A multiyear
strategy and various stakeholder support will help
organizations fi nd success.
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Source: A New World of Diversity and Inclusion whitepaper from Allegis
Group
* Empower managers to execute D&I objectives. " Leaders,
managers, and associates must have the skills to work
inclusively, " says Alcon's Buccigrossi. " It isn't something that
necessarily comes naturally. We like to work with people
who are like us because it's familiar and comfortable. But
working inclusively is a skill that can be learned and, with
practice and focus, people can excel at it. "
* Earn executive buy-in. " Creating a culture of diversity
Technology and
Reducing Bias
By Jonathan Kestenbaum, managing director of Talent Tech Labs
Technology innovation can go a long way toward reducing
bias associated with language and communication, as well as
increasing the data-driven aspects (and therefore reducing
subjectivity) related to talent decision-making. Consider the
following examples of innovative concepts now in play across
key areas of talent acquisition:
* Skills assessment. Solutions like GapJumpers can administer
anonymous skills-based challenges to evaluate candidates on
their work performance rather than their background.
* Blind screening. Software like Blendoor can hide details
on a résumé regarding a candidate's sex, ethnicity, age,
socioeconomic status, and educational background.
* Employer branding. Sites like InHerSight are now
highlighting and aggregating company profi les that showcase
a fi rm's commitment to diversity initiatives and a culture of
inclusion.
* Job advertising. A number of automated tools and services
like Textio ensure employers attract diverse applicants
through text, images, and videos as a part of their job
descriptions.
* Matching systems. New platforms, including Jopwell and
Entelo, are connecting candidates from diverse backgrounds
to companies looking to hire diverse talent.

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