Technology exists to improve our lives. We use it to be more efficient, productive and innovative.
For the Talent Acquisition and/or the Supplier Diversity Manager, consider how technology can impact Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. Here are the ways technology can move your DE&I strategies forward with scope and scale.
Attracting Diverse Candidates.
- Messaging. A company’s brand is a critical component of direct sourcing. By advertising your company’s DE&I goals and values to potential candidates via the Direct Sourcing portal you can cast a wider net and reach a more diverse pool of candidates.
- Values. Candidates today and those of future generations, emphasize the importance of a company’s values when considering where to work. This consideration is true even for contingent workers. With a direct sourcing technology in place, the organization’s value proposition; e.g. important messaging, can be used in its advertising of contingent role opportunities across the web, social media, and job boards.
- Job Boards. There are countless job boards and services organizations focused on underrepresented communities. Direct sourcing technologies that integrate with these sites, to advertise job opportunities, will instantly grow a strong diverse talent pipeline.
- Referrals. Referrals are the number one source of talent for full-time hiring. In the Contingent Workforce realm, the encouragement of referred contingent labor candidates has strong pull in recruiting diversity.
Measure and Monitor
What’s next? The direct sourcing technology will bring reporting and analytical efficiencies to your Contingent Workforce Program. Diversity dashboards in the direct sourcing solution, can easily categorize diversity data, analyze the status of the pool diversity and be used to devise or adjust the aforementioned strategies, e.g. talent attraction tools; diversity sites, referrals, and messaging in job advertisements.
DE&I across the entire workforce, including contingent workers, is a commitment the organization must make at every level. Leveraging technology like direct sourcing platforms does make it easier to follow through on those commitments.
By Jim Coughlin
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