Feeling Stuck In Your Diversity And Inclusion Efforts?

Diversity is a hot topic in American society right now, especially as burgeoning social movements are sparking conversations about how to create more inclusive environments.

Yet creating more inclusive environments is more challenging than most employers think, and one of the main causes is what's known as the pipeline issue. This article will explore the pipeline issue most companies face in their recruiting efforts, why it needs to be addressed, and how to best address it in today's employment environment.

So let’s get started!

What is the Pipeline Issue?

You might not of heard of the pipeline issue, but it's an issue facing many companies trying to be on the forefront of diversity and inclusion, and it's one that needs to be talked about.

But you may be asking yourself: "What is the pipeline issue?"

The pipeline issue concerns the lack of women and people of color in leadership positions. Throughout society, women and people of color usually have less access to leadership positions than others do. This disparity comes from many factors, such as lack of mentors, lack of role models, biases in school systems and more. It’s vital that employers create a culture where employees can succeed and grow so that we can see more diverse leadership opportunities for everyone.

How can you address the pipeline issue?

Companies need to show that they’re committed to diversity and inclusion. If you want a pool of diverse candidates, it’s essential to establish your company as a place where this is valued and respected.

This can be done in many ways, such as:

1) Hold community events that attract people of color and women

Events are an effective way to get the word out about your company, but events that attract diverse candidates are even better. Holding events that attract people of color and women can be really great for your company because it signals to potential employees that you're invested in creating a diverse work environment. Events that attract diverse candidates also help build connections between companies and communities of color.

A few ways you can find events for your company include:

  • Checking with organizations like the NAACP or the National Council of La Raza

  • Talking to local colleges about their annual homecoming events

  • Asking around at local churches

  • Looking through classifieds websites for community groups and organizations

  • Asking local youth associations

2) Hire an HR manager with previous experience in recruiting diverse candidates