In this diversity discussion, Job Seekers must decide not only that biases will determine where he or she works, but also if it will have an affect at all on their workplace experience at all. We advocate that job seekers hire their next employers, not just the other way around.
Linette Singleton (@NPDIVUS) is the CEO of Singleton Consulting Group, Inc., and founder of NonProfitDiversity.us. The latter encourages and advocates conversations of diversity and inclusion issues and job postings to companies that promotes the same causes. She is a non-profit marketing professional, and is often found on Twitter starting meaningful conversations about diversity.
The L.A. Clipper/Don Sterling incident has sparked further discussion about race, and although it affects many, a much broader discussion takes place in this episode. This discussion nationwide needs expand to inclusion and the overall picture of the workplace. Linette brings up an excellent point that the Clippers have excelled despite the owner’s comments. It matters how your immediate work environment responds (including immediate leadership) that makes a difference in your tolerance and response.
Here are some of the highlights of our discussion:
- Diversity is more about cultural differences than race alone
- Employers need to expand their cultural hiring to reach as many markets as possible
- Diversity is so much more than a black and white issue, but more of a grey issue
- Job seekers should investigate deeply in looking at the leadership of a company to see if they reflect claims of diversity. If it doesn’t reflect in the leadership, it is unlikely the company has diversity among employees
- Everyone is different in their tolerance as everyone has a breaking point. Each individual understands and decides what he or she will tolerate