How do you make recruitment inclusive?
- Where possible, businesses should offer flexible working from job adverts onwards.
- Businesses should consider using name-blind recruitment and extending competency based assessment to challenge unconscious bias.
Who can help?
- More businesses should develop long-term partnerships with schools, colleges and universities to attract people from underrepresented local communities to their sector.
- More businesses should find appropriate mentoring, sponsorship and networking opportunities for staff’s long-term development.
What can managers do to play their part?
- Managers’ performance appraisals must give weight to their roles in developing staff as well as short-term commercial performance.
- Businesses should commit to helping staff develop their careers and make people planning as important as financial planning in leadership discussions.
How can businesses check their progress?
- Businesses should set tailored, voluntary targets to improve diversity and hold leaders responsible for plans to achieve them.
- Businesses need to work collaboratively and share good practice to improve inclusion across their sector.