As we draw towards the end of what can only be described as the most turbulent of years, we’ve decided to look forward to 2021 and ponder what the world of recruitment has in store for us. Will job displacement affect the recruitment industry? Can HR and recruitment leaders finally grab that seat at the executive table?
Let’s take a look.
Incredibly, diversity in the workplace has been something of a hot topic for nearly two decades now. But diversity initiatives in the year 2000 looked very different to those we now have in the year 2020. From gender to cultural background, let’s take a closer look at how these initiatives have evolved in the past twenty years.
But first, a little history.
As you may have gathered from our previous posts on the topic, diversity and inclusion are extremely important in the workplace. Not only do they improve productivity and innovation but from a recruitment standpoint, they widen the talent pool allowing us to find the best talent on the market. But when it comes to D&I, what kind of technology is out there on the market?
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.