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SmartRecruiters launches unique framework for diversity recruitment

Formulating a DEI strategy is one of recruitment’s biggest tasks for the future. And while initial commitments were largely made, a general structure was still lacking. Until now. Led by Rocki Howard, SmartRecruiters has launched a unique framework to help your diversity recruitment.

Jasper Spanjaart on January 22, 2021 Average reading time: 3 min
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SmartRecruiters launches unique framework for diversity recruitment

With the best of intentions, companies from all over the world have signed pledges and made commitments to increase diversity in their workforce. Unfortunately, most of them quickly found out that it was hard to implement a diversity hiring strategy that delivered substantive change. Not only can diversity play a huge role in making an organisation more profitable — it is the first important step toward a fairer world. And one of the big pioneers within the world of TA and recruiting in ensuring that leap is made: SmartRecruiters.

“95% indicate that diversity recruitment is a top priority for their CEO as we head into the future.”

“We recently polled a group of our clients and 95% indicate that diversity recruitment is a top priority for their CEO as we head into into the future”, says Rocki Howard, newly-appointed Chief Diversity Officer of SmartRecruiters. One of the biggest tasks she went to work on alongside a team of specialists: creating an in-depth framework for organisations to use for their diversity recruiting efforts.

‘A thorough and fair assessment’

As part of their framework, SmartRecruiters is offering companies the ability to take their Diversity Hiring Assessment. The assessment, which consists of 100 questions and takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. “It will give companies of any size a holistic and objective view of their overall diversity hiring maturity”, Howard adds.

An example from SmartRecruiter’s Diversity Assessment.

The questions vary from marketing-related questions to specific D&I questions — so one of the assessment’s requirements is that it is completed by someone with an in-depth knowledge on TA, marketing and D&I strategies and initiatives. And once complete, your organisation will be provided with a custom-made blueprint. “This leverages best of breed hiring standards to offer relevant benchmarks and pointed guidance on how your organisation can improve diversity hiring outcomes”, Howard says.

Take the assessment

Stop pledging, start changing

Many well-intentioned companies have signed pledges and made commitments around improving diversity within their workforce. A critical component of any organisation’s business strategy, hiring diverse teams and leaders are directly connected to better cultures, more innovation, better overall client satisfaction and ultimately better profit margins. The challenge is that many recruiting and D&I leaders struggle to implement a diversity hiring strategy that delivers substantive change.

“That’s why we are making this available to all companies, whether they are SmartRecruiters customers or not, at no cost.”

SmartRecruiter’s framework presents an ideal way for companies of any size to implement a real strategy for diversity recruitment. “Our intention is to leverage our resources to support any company that wants to truly increase the diversity makeup of its workforce”, Howard says. And the best part? It comes at absolutely no cost for anyone keen on working with the framework. “We are committed to impacting wholescale change”, Howard says. “That’s why we are making this available to all companies, whether they are SmartRecruiters customers or not, at no cost.”

Want to know more about diversity?

Are you ready to change the world? Amidst a widespread need and desire for company-wide diversity, will you take on a leading role for Diversity Recruitment? Find out how at ToTalent Live 2021.  On March 23rd, 24th and 25th, we’re hosting the first ever European Recruitment Leadership Event. Tickets for this virtual event are FREE. Sign up now

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