By CultureBanx Team
- When job listings switched from in-person to remote there was a 33% increase in underrepresented minority applicants
- Harvard study found that 6 of 10 jobs at large firms can be done remotely
In the contemporary business world, diversity and inclusion have become more than just buzzwords. They are essential elements that contribute to the growth and success of an organization, as a recent Harvard study found that 6 of 10 jobs at large firms can be done remotely. With the advent of remote work, companies have a unique opportunity to enhance their diversity recruitment strategies.
Why This Matters: A study conducted by Wharton professors David Hsu and Prasanna Tambe revealed that when job listings switched from in-person to remote during the pandemic, there was a 15% increase in female applicants and a 33% increase in underrepresented minority applicants. This indicates that the shift to remote work can significantly enhance diversity recruitment.
Remote work can enhance diversity recruitment by offering flexibility, geographical freedom, and reduced bias and discrimination. Research shows that remote work attracts a larger pool of diverse applicants.
Also, remote work can also help reduce bias and discrimination in the workplace. In a remote setting, employees are evaluated based on their performance and output, rather than their physical appearance or personal attributes. This can create a more inclusive and equitable work environment.
Situational Awareness: When job listings are remote-eligible, they attract a larger pool of diverse applicants. This is particularly true for women and underrepresented minorities who often face barriers in traditional work settings. With the right strategies in place, companies can leverage remote work to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce, thereby driving innovation, creativity, and business growth.
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