As Stephen R. Covey famously said, “strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” New and fresh perspectives allow us to consider new solutions to old lingering problems. A team of diverse individuals bring a world of experience to the table to collaborate and engage in a way that drives synergy and engagement.
He goes on to say, "do you truly value the mental, emotional, and psychological differences among people? Or do you wish everyone would just agree with you, so you could all get along? Many people mistake uniformity for unity; sameness for oneness. One word--boring! Differences should be seen as strengths, not weaknesses. They add zest to life."
Apparently 78% of the 8,815 hiring managers and talent acquisition professionals that took the LinkedIn hiring and recruitment survey agree. Diversity came out as the number one trend shaping the 2018 hiring and recruitment agenda.
According to this HR Grapevine article, Steve Pemberton, the former chief diversity officer for Walgreens, told the researchers of the value of diversity. “When different perspectives are recognized and supported, advocated, and most importantly, expected, I think it creates a more inclusive environment. When you are recognized for bringing a different perspective, it leads to higher degrees of engagement.”
Is your company more focused on diversity in 2018? If so, will this increased focus on diversity lead to greater activity in your global mobility program? Might your company seek talent from a great number of locations around the world in 2018?
The survey of 8,815 talent acquisition professionals and hiring managers found that 78% thought that diversity was very or extremely important, beating new interviewing tools (56%), data (50%), and artificial intelligence (AI) (35%). When it came to the reasons why diversity scores so highly, the data shows that 78% of companies prioritise diversity to improve culture, and 62% do so to boost financial performance. Half (49%) wanted to better represent their customer base.