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Embracing Diversity in the Workplace: A Guide To Inclusive Hiring

The importance of diversity in talent acquisition is paramount. As a leader in the Lehigh Valley, recognizing the need for a more diverse team is the first step towards fostering an inclusive workplace culture. To achieve this, it’s essential to implement strategies for inclusive hiring in diverse workplaces and adopt best practices for diversity recruitment.

Write Inclusive Job Descriptions

The journey towards an inclusive workforce begins with your job descriptions. As Vernā Myers, a diversity consultant, eloquently puts it in her TED Talk, “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” Ensure your job descriptions are inviting to all by using gender-neutral language and avoiding gender-coded words. Instead, focus on the skills and qualifications essential for the role.

Standardize Job Interviews

Creating a level playing field in the interview process is crucial. As noted by human resources strategist Pat Wadors in her TED Talk, “When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become a wiser, more inclusive, and better organization.” This wisdom can be applied by standardizing interviews. Ensure each candidate is asked the same questions, in the same order, to minimize biases and truly assess their capabilities.

Conduct a Skills Assessment

To further eliminate unconscious bias, incorporate skills assessments into your hiring process. This approach aligns with the insights shared by Yassmin Abdel-Magied in her TED Talk, where she discusses unconscious bias, stating, “It’s about challenging the systems and structures that we have in place.” By evaluating candidates based on their skills in a blind assessment, you ensure a fair and objective selection process.

Broaden Your Search

Diversifying your talent pool requires looking beyond your usual recruitment channels. Explore partnerships with educational institutions, professional organizations, and associations that cater to a diverse audience. Working with a recruiter who understands your commitment to diversity can also be beneficial. Inform them of your intention to diversify your workforce, and they can help tailor your recruitment strategy accordingly.

In conclusion, embracing diversity in your hiring process is not just a moral imperative but a strategic advantage. By writing inclusive job descriptions, standardizing interviews, conducting unbiased skills assessments, and broadening your search, you can overcome biases in the hiring process and build a team that truly reflects the diverse tapestry of the Lehigh Valley. If you’re seeking assistance in this endeavor, HTSS, Inc. is ready to partner with you in creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace.


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As a staffing and recruitment professional for over  30 years, I have seen many changes in the industry. Over that time, I’ve witnessed a transformation in the way organizations view staffing services. Today, we see more and more companies using staffing services as a strategic tool, rather than just for temporary fill-ins.

At HTSS, Inc., our focus is on helping companies create proactive workforce plans. Our goal is to help our clients use staffing strategically to increase capacity, overcome hiring freezes, access specialized talent, better manage increased workloads, and enhance overall productivity.

For our candidates, we help to uncover truly rewarding job opportunities—jobs that are a match to each candidate’s skills, and jobs that offer key experience and growth potential.

We look forward to strengthening our relationships with our current clients and candidates, as well as forming new and exciting partnerships in the future.


Pat Howells
HTSS, Inc.