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December 31, 2023
Should companies instruct recruiters to avoid hiring white men in the name of diversity? Informed Decisions weighs in.
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Should companies instruct recruiters to avoid hiring white men in the name of diversity? Informed Decisions weighs in.

A recent survey by @Hung Lee revealed that approximately 40% of recruitment professionals have been either explicitly or implicitly directed not to hire white men.

We were pleased to see that the vast majority of you disagreed with this approach. At Informed Decisions, we concur, and here's why:

The path to achieving diversity shouldn't involve overt discrimination against any group, regardless of historical advantages.

The most equitable and informed approach is to establish an infrastructure that supports unbiased, data-driven decisions.

This infrastructure should consider both qualifications and diversification goals.

For instance, if a male candidate outperforms a female candidate, he should be chosen for the job.

However, if their qualifications are closely matched, preference should be given to the female candidate, assuming there's a diversification objective.

Another critical aspect is holding hiring teams accountable for their diversity and inclusion targets.

We've observed numerous organizations with impressive strategies that don't resonate at the leadership and team levels, making them appear more as hollow slogans than genuine commitments.


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