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JUL 2019

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48 Security Business / / July 2019 Your Business The Benefits of Workforce Diversity Strategies for attracting a diverse group of employees who can offer a fresh take on your business By Jeremy Eskenazi ©BigStock IIs your team diverse? Do you invest to ensure your team reflects the needs and attitudes of your customers and clients? They need to reflect the communities your employees live, work in, and provide services to. When many people think about diversity, they focus on gender, ethnicity and age. These are important to keep focus on, for sure, but there is another kind of diversity that is often overlooked – diversity of thoughts, background and experiences. If elements of the latter are missing in your organization, it is likely that everyone thinks the same way; and new ideas, new ways to problem solve, and innovation may be stunted. When you have employees who only follow the boss, the only ideas you have are from that one boss. In addition to finding the right candidates, diversity brings several important things to an organization. Imagine if the people who applied for your job postings came in for an interview and did not see anyone who looked like them, or if all the people who interviewed them asked the same questions in the same way. They would likely not be very interested in continuing the discussion. Your employer brand is only as good as what employees and candidates will say when you are not in the room. Taking the opportunity to show you are a progressive company that is investing visibly in many areas of diversity will be obvious from their first encounter with you. While it is generally true that almost everyone values diversity, you

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