People love to hire in their own image. It makes everything easier, from getting buy-in on your approach to buying group lunches. But although it may seem like a logical choice, hiring candidates that look like you, talk like you and act like you is a huge mistake! Not only is there a case for systemic or racial discrimination, the biggest reason hiring in your own image is bad is that it seriously short changes your business and it’s success.
Diversity is the key to innovation, globalization, your company’s competitive edge and much more. Diversity in culture, thinking, approach and language allows companies to challenge the status quo and tackle issues other non diversified companies cannot even attempt.
Although diversity in hiring may seem like a lot of work, impact on your culture, work processes and more the payout will be high, so do it!
So re-look at how your company, your managers and your programs hire, you might be surprised to find out that these programs and your company discriminate in their own image and limit your company’s ability to be a true game changer. Be a game-changer and look beyond the obvious.