Blavity: 5 ways to advance diverse talent in your organization.

October 6, 2020 Audra Jenkins

While companies are aware of the benefits of having a diverse workforce, many still treat it like a business requirement rather than an integral part of their culture. What can organizations do to ensure diversity remains at the forefront throughout the entire employee life cycle?

To begin with, “companies need to adjust their mindset and recognize that diverse organizations are more successful organizations,” writes Audra Jenkins, chief diversity and inclusion officer for Randstad US. “A broad chorus of voices, opinions and perspectives can lead to innovation and improved performance.”

Leaders should remember that diversity does not start and end with hiring, and inclusion should be made an essential part of the company culture. “Ultimately, simply building a diverse team of unique individuals is not enough,” continues Jenkins. “Companies should strive to create a sense of belonging, which is a deeper level of inclusion that creates a safe space for employees to be who they truly are, in every way.”

Get additional tips for advancing diverse talent in your business in Blavity. You can also watch this episode of Talent Trailblazer TV featuring Jenkins, “Workplace diversity & inclusion drive performance,” to find out what employers can do to build diverse talent pools and make job opportunities more accessible.

About the Author

Audra Jenkins

As chief diversity and inclusion officer, Jenkins spearheads initiatives both within and outside of our organization. She not only advances diversity and inclusion among internal employees, she also partners with customers as they work to achieve their own diversity goals. Jenkins firmly believes that diversity and inclusion must be woven into every aspect of the talent life cycle to attract quality candidates, enhance employee engagement and drive performance. She brings more than 20 years of human resources, diversity and compliance experience, along with a passion for advocating on behalf of underserved populations. She is the executive sponsor for Randstad’s Hire Hope program, which provides career readiness training and job placement services to at-risk women, including survivors of exploitation and trafficking.

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