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We all know that today’s job-seekers are looking beyond salary and perks. They're looking for fulfillment at people-first companies that make employees feel valued. A whopping 86% of candidates are evaluating a company’s investment in diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) before they apply and even during the hiring process. How can employers send the message that they’re genuinely committed to DE&I – and that they’re in it for the long haul? We wanted to understand how companies are making that kind of ongoing commitment to DE&I, so we partnered with EVERFI to survey over 200 global HR professionals. The results were illuminating and worth sharing. Let’s explore some of our key findings.
DE&I efforts drop off after hiring
The majority of HR pros (69%) believe inclusive hiring and onboarding practices have a positive impact on a company’s brand and contribute to greater employee wellbeing. That’s the good news.
However, our research shows that DE&I efforts drop off significantly once employees are hired. This mismatch indicates that employers are failing to recognize the true importance of embedding inclusivity into every stage of the hiring process. These efforts should be enterprise-wide at every stage for every employee journey, before anyone has applied and until retirement and beyond.
People-first employers should be onboarding and training to retain the diverse teams they are building and prioritizing during the recruiting process.