Guest Post: As one of the few female tech CEOs in Boston, I feel a tremendous amount of pressure to hire a diverse team. I fully believe that diverse teams are better teams. As a female CEO I thought it would be easier for me to find strong female candidates than other male founders, but historically, we have received 95% male applicants for all job postings which has led to a male-dominated team.
This is a guest post from Maya Humes and the Lever team, who recently released their Diversity and Inclusion Handbook. Attracting, recruiting, and retaining diverse candidates isn’t rocket science, nor is it a walk in the park. It is a constant work in progress that – if done right – rewards you with tangible successes along the way. As long as you keep experimenting, iterating, and requesting input from both candidates and employees, it’s possible to build the diverse and inclusive culture you seek step-by-step. Lever’s new 70-page Diversity & Inclusion Handbook lists countless strategies to help teams do exactly that. Currently comprised of 50 percent women and 53 percent women in leadership, we share the journey that brought us here[…]
When it comes to diversity, referrals get a pretty bad rep. It’s easy to see why. Birds of a feather do flock together. Your employees will probably refer people who are similar to them. Before you know it, you have a diversity problem. So you like referrals, but you also like diversity. Are you being forced to choose between your favorite children? Maybe not. Tons of companies are exploring ways that referral programs can improve diversity. Seattle-based company Glowforge had an all-male software engineering team. They introduced a new external referral program. Nine months later, that same team was 50 percent female. This wasn’t just some fluke. According to Lightspeed Ventures, referral programs are one of the top, low-cost methods to[…]
While almost every corporate HR team is making progress towards developing a more inclusive and diverse workforce, some HR leaders think the conversation on diversity isn’t moving fast enough. Some companies implement baselines like the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which requires considering at least one diversity candidate in a cycle. Most companies with a large enough team have sensitivity training of some sort, and systems in place for assisting those who feel marginalized. But many HR thought leaders believe that the way diversity is addressed is simplistic at best, and even narrow-minded. Here are 4 thought-leaders pushing the conversation on diversity forward in 2017: 1 Dr. Roxane Gay – seeing the whole picture, not labels in isolation Writer and professor Dr.[…]