There’s no doubt that the Covid-19 outbreak and resulting near-global lockdown has had a huge impact on the recruitment industry. While some companies are still hiring, the temporary layoffs and introduction of mass remote work has seen many employers shelve their plans for workforce expansion. But what does this mean for diversity and inclusion? Has the outbreak had a detrimental effect on D&I or is it opening doors for proponents of D&I initiatives?
It’s no secret that Diversity and Inclusion programs work. They help generate more revenue, improve productivity, foster innovation, and generally speaking, make everyone feel happier at work. Likewise, the benefits of remote work are also well-known especially with regards to widening the talent pool. Even so, few companies fully understand how remote work can play a vital role in helping reach D&I goals.
But before we talk about how the two intertwine, let’s first take a look at the current state of play during this global pandemic.
In case you hadn’t noticed by now, Diversity and Inclusion are sort of a big deal in the world of recruitment and have been for some time. In fact, as far back as 2014, workplace diversity was seen as a key issue by 67% of candidates. Since then there have been countless studies proving the value of diversity and inclusion in terms of both productivity and workplace happiness.
Candidate experience has been top of many a recruiter’s list of priorities for quite some time now. That’s because we all know that unsuccessful candidates that enjoy their experience are more likely to apply again in the future or better yet, recommend the company to their peers. But incredibly enough, in recent years we’ve actually seen a steady rise in candidate resentment. People aren’t enjoying their experience and they’re more than willing to make their feelings known.
So what can we do about it?