Thursday, June 16, 2016

Diversity at the top can help attract tech talent - CIO

by Sharon Florentine 
Originally published: June 15, 2016

Workforce diversity is important at all levels of your company, but board-level diversity should be a priority if you want to attract and retain the best talent.

Hiring a diverse workforce is proven to positively impact a company's bottom line and improve performance. But diversity, inclusion and equal representation also are increasingly factors job seekers consider when they're looking for employment. In other words, diversity and inclusion all the way up to the board level makes you a more attractive workplace.

"We started to see a trend emerge among our job seeker users who wanted to learn about particular hiring companies' diversity, inclusion and representation statistics and information. More and more candidates have this as one of their criteria when they're researching potential companies -- and we see that for every 10 job seekers on our site, six to seven of them are women. What that says to us is that employers who emphasize diversity at all levels, but especially at the more public-facing C-levels and at the board level, have a greater competitive advantage for about 60 to 70 percent of job seekers," says Anthony VanHorne, CEO of job search and culture matching site CareerLabs.