A Stakeholder’s Perspective On Diversity

Every Talent Acquisition stakeholder’s perspective is a window into their attitudes and actions. (Defining TA stakeholders as: Customer, Candidate, Employee, Hiring Manager, Recruiter.) It’s an opportunity for deeper learning…on how to understand their varied personas, on how to approach, how to partner, how to influence. Typically, the perspective consists of feedback – a data point in a survey or a comment from the Net Promoter score that asks “Why.”

A different perspective on diversity recruiting

This NYTimes article, Diversity, Inclusion and Culture: How to Build Great Teams by Tessa Ann Taylor, an Engineering Manager, is different. It is a story about a journey that a Hiring Manager took to solve her concerns about the quality of a process. Her observations and her solutions. Her approach to partnering with recruiting, her team and her results. If I were a Talent Acquisition leader it would be required reading followed by a deeper discussion about how we could apply the learning during our meetings with hiring managers.

If I were a Talent Management Leader it would be required pre-reading before Hiring Managers’ Selection Training.

If I were developing a program for a diversity or TA conference I would put a panel of hiring managers together to discuss how they partner with recruiting and offer them the article as pre-reading before crafting the questions the panels should address. And it wouldn’t hurt to try and get Tessa to join that panel.

[A Recruiting Utopia: How to design a recruiting process that removes all unconscious bias]

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Chris Hoyt

A veteran of recruiting and HR, Hoyt is a sought-after speaker with presentations including national conferences with SHRM, LinkedIn, HR Technology, ERE and others in the USA as well as UNLEASH, iRecruit, Australasian Talent Conference and more abroad. Chris has been promoting and leading full scale and enterprise-wide integrations of social media and mobile marketing within workforce strategies for his entire career. His expertise and passion for interactive/social recruiting, candidate experience, and both national and international recruiting strategies are all areas that Hoyt now leverages as co-owner and President at CareerXroads, a Recruiting/Staffing consulting and think tank organization that works with corporate leaders from around the world to break out of traditional recruitment practices and push the envelope in an effort to win the ongoing war for top talent.

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