Diversity in Healthcare Recruiting


Since the Equal Opportunity Commission was established in 1965, workplace diversity has remained an increasingly important element of the healthcare workplace. By recruiting employees with varying backgrounds and perspectives, the wealth of ideas which can spur innovation and contribute to long-term success becomes plentiful.

Although “diversity” typically focuses on gender, race or age, other factors including dynamic value have also been known to influence recruitment styles. Yet with new technology now available designed to measure the different ways people seek to make team contributions, workforce diversity has taken on a whole new meaning as a source of positive job engagement, leading to better overall workplace performances.

Alongside technological advancements, numerous other strategies can be implemented to ensure that diversity through talent recruitment and hire are achieved. In order to develop a comprehensive diversity talent acquisition strategy, a company must first assess its current situation and determine what employment changes will pose the greatest benefits.

Larger Talent Pools

One benefit of recruiting a largely diverse workforce is that it gives hiring managers access to large pools of talent, which can be comprised of employees ranging from all races, classes, religions, ages, etc. By inviting such vast groupings of potential candidates, recruiters can truly work to select employees who possess the most competence and greatest skill sets, without regard to their elements of origin or internal beliefs.

Candidate pipelines can further be strengthened by proactively identifying, engaging and interacting with potential employees within a pool who fit the profile sought after by select clients. Making this process possible, to attain large candidate pools recruiters can look to promote open positions through social media, community outreach initiatives, professional networking forums, email blasts, national conferences or through a company referral program.

Social media strategies can also help better engage a large, diverse candidate pool through mobile technology. By recruiting across social media, hiring staffs can gain access to a much wider audience in addition to gaining leverage to promote their brand and to demonstrate their ability to adapt to new technologies.

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Varied Perspectives

Within any large pool of candidates are those who possess an array of different beliefs and perspectives. This can be extremely advantageous because, if everyone at a company had a singular outlook; innovations would not be as readily proposed or made possible.

Likewise, if teams are working on complex and expansive projects, drawing on varied experiences can help lead them to the most efficient and optimal outcomes. Wide-ranging outlooks can also aid in the understanding of new markets and trends while adding enthusiasm to the workplace.

Furthermore, cultural multiplicity and ethnic diversity can offer a welcoming feel within the healthcare industry for patient diversity is often inherent. By having healthcare workers of all different backgrounds, patients are able to feel more comfortable in receiving care and treatment.

Promotes Equality

When recruiting diversity, healthcare leaders simultaneously work toward fostering workplace camaraderie and a humanitarianism spirit. Through these efforts, eliciting regular interaction between people of different backgrounds can further help to reduce discrimination, prejudice and diversity-related misunderstandings.

In today’s day and age, being able to celebrate and appreciate differences between fellow workers promotes healthy overall social practices and can lead to added workplace success. Especially in healthcare, seeing each person as an equal elevates both employee practices and patient perceptions.

“Recruiting a diverse workforce means more than posting an ad on a job board and praying that diverse candidates will apply,” explained Liz D’Aloia, founder of Software as a Service (SaaS) company, HR Virtuoso Company. “Don’t forget that diversity initiatives only succeed if they are embraced at the highest level of the organization, and that savvy candidates will look at the leadership team — and expect to see diversity there, and on the board of directors, too.”

Overall, as the healthcare workforce shifts toward seeking greater diversity it exemplifies a commitment to embracing the differences and change necessitated by 21st century recruitment modernizations. Encouraging these practices can help a business grow and thrive, making it an increasingly important factor in recruitment requirements.

Lindsey Nolen is a former staff writer.

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