Recruiting and retaining diverse talent is a challenge for many hiring managers, especially those with little or no training in unconscious bias. So what is it, and why do you need to know about it?

A diverse workforce improves decision-making, problem-solving, creativity, innovation and flexibility – all great things that can have a measurable impact on your bottom line. Which is why diversity and inclusion is increasingly a focus area for Australian businesses. A recent LinkedIn Survey reports that  78% of companies are currently prioritising diversity as a way to improve their culture, and 62% do so to boost financial performance. And yet despite their best intentions, many businesses struggle to meet their own diversity goals or the expectations of the public. So what keeps tripping them up?

Unconscious bias

We all have inadvertent preferences for particular types of people, fed by those unconscious snap judgements that we all like to make about people – marking them off as either different from, or similar to us. This is unconscious bias – and without an awareness of it, you may inadvertently fail to hire the best person simply because “their face doesn’t fit”.  And for those that do manage to get through the door, retention may be a challenge as hires need to feel included and accepted before they can be their best selves at work.

Giving everyone a fair go

The recruitment process is most susceptible to unconscious biases, where selection choices can inadvertently lead to discriminatory treatment, negative business culture and a lack of workforce diversity.

Download our new whitepaper exploring the Science of Selection, and learn how to tackle the issue of unconscious bias in your workplace.

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TALK TO A DIVERSITY SPECIALIST

At 360HR we’re passionate about helping everyone be their best at work, so diversity in the workplace matters to us. One way we’ve been trying to make a difference is through our custodianship of the Paralympic Workplace Diversity Program. Since its launch, we have successfully placed over 50 athletes into some of Australia’s leading corporations and government agencies.  Find out more about the program here or start a conversation with us – we’d love to talk about diversity in the workplace with you.

Send us an email or contact the 360HR team on 02 9819 6324.