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Minimizing the Influence of Unconscious Bias

February 20th, 2020

One of the biggest reasons for employee turnover is that they just don’t fit within the company culture. Needless to say, it’s important then that hiring managers consider not only the qualifications for new hires but also their ability to fit within the already-established company culture.

Unfortunately, too much focus on company culture can lead to unintentional bias when hiring, and that also has ramifications, including missing out on fantastic talent for your company.

So how can you navigate the balance of being inclusive for qualified candidates while still being mindful of company culture?

Minimize Unconcious Bias for Your Hiring 

Life experiences, background, and upbringing can all play a role in the fostering of unconscious bias. This makes it especially hard, even for good-natured people, to eliminate its influence during the interview and hiring process. Thankfully, there are a few things that companies can do to minimize the impact of unconscious bias. Following this advice can help you make qualified hires that fit within your company culture, as well as staying inclusive.

Provide Staff Training

The best way to tackle unconscious bias is to make your staff aware of it in the first place. Raising awareness of it and its impact on everything from recruitment to workplace culture, to business success, will help people begin to combat it. There are both online and in-person workshops to help people identify and work through any unconscious bias they may have. They will also learn more about legal implications and strategies to create a more inclusive workplace.

Use Inclusive Job Descriptions

It makes perfect sense that another place to minimize unconscious bias in the hiring process is in the job description itself. Excessive, industry-specific jargon can deter highly skilled and qualified workers who are outside of the industry. This could mean that you miss out on star talent for no reason except word choices. You should also separate essential and required skills from desired or special skills. This can widen your pool of candidates who are still qualified but less likely to apply unless they meet every criteria. 

Bring In Outside Hiring Perspectives

To have a more balanced and inclusive hiring process, consider bringing in outside hiring professionals to help with recruiting and interviews. They can create a shortlist of candidates as well as sitting in on the interviews for a more diverse perspective.

Find Qualified Workers for Your Company

Concorde Personnel is the Tri-State area’s most trusted staffing agency.  Contact us today to find qualified employees to help your company succeed.

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Minimize Stress Among Your Employees During the Holidays

November 20th, 2019

The holiday season is just around the corner! While many people are excited about the celebrations, it can also be the most stressful time of the year for some people. As a leader of your team, you need to pay attention to employee performance as well as employee well-being. During the holiday season, you should do your best to reduce your employees’ stress levels. This can lead to greater productivity and also lead to an increase in employee satisfaction.

3 Ways to Reduce Stress Among Your Employees During the Holidays

Here are three easy tips to minimize your employees’ stress during this busy time of year. 

Encourage Casual Dress for Holiday Functions

Most companies will have at least one holiday event. While this is a great time to celebrate, for some of your employees, it may add some stress to their life. Encourage your employees to be a bit more casual for the holiday functions, regardless of how fancy the food may be. Being able to dress casually can also help your employees feel more at ease throughout the entire workday and can lead to an increase in employee happiness and productivity. 

Schedule Holiday Events During Normal Hours

Employees will want to attend the holiday events, but it’s an extremely busy time of year. Do your absolute best to schedule any and all holiday events or activities during normal business hours so your employees can celebrate without being stressed about losing time to tend to other responsibilities. Remember, attendance at these events can boost employee morale, so you want your employees to be excited to attend.

Limit Mandatory Overtime

During such a busy time of year, it’s important that work is completed before PTO is used. Encourage your employees to get their work done, but limit mandatory overtime to reduce stress.

Keep Your Office Running Smoothly Throughout The Year

If you need help staffing your office to remain productive and running smoothly, contact Concorde Personnel.

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