Companies seeking increased efficiency and productivity should proactively invest in diversifying their workforce. Diverse leadership can help a company gain access to a broader range of talent sources and win over job candidates they are courting. Two-thirds of individuals polled in a Glassdoor survey said that they consider a diverse workforce to be an important factor when they are evaluating companies and job offers. Additionally, companies that commit to greater workforce diversity are better equipped to innovate and solve complex, real-world business problems. According to research conducted by the Center for Talent Innovation and Hewlett Consulting Partners, multiple layers of diversity in the workplace help create an environment in which unconventional ideas are heard and leadership can be persuaded to invest in developing those ideas. Lastly, diversity in the workplace has been found to boost employee engagement, especially among younger workers. Research from Weber Shandwick has shown that millennials are much more likely than previous generations to consider diversity and inclusion a significant factor when considering a new job (47% vs 33% and 37%, respectively). Research has shown that diverse companies outperform their less diverse competitors for many reasons.
Per Scholas students at the training course designed with Thrive Impact Sourcing
Thrive Impact Sourcing, a Cincinnati-based company that provides software quality assurance and data quality services to clients, has built an effective partnership to meet its talent needs while increasing the diversity of its workforce. In April 2016, Thrive began collaborating with Per Scholas, a national nonprofit that provides free IT training to individuals from underserved populations. The two organizations worked together to create an 8-week training program to prepare individuals from the Greater Cincinnati region for open positions as quality assurance software testers. This course helps participants acquire industry-leading testing skills and allows them to apply their newfound knowledge in real-life projects with working professionals. To date, Thrive has hired 37 Per Scholas graduates, more than 80 percent of the
individuals that completed the program. This initiative aligns closely with Thrive’s commitment to increase diversity in the tech sector, as more than 65 percent of the individuals hired are people of color, and over 40 percent are women.
Kelly Dolan, Co-Founder of Thrive, clearly articulates why diversity matters to the company: “As an IT talent incubator,” she says, “Thrive is invested in bringing a diverse pipeline of new talent to the local market. Our success has been built by bringing people of various backgrounds, education and life experiences together to inspire new ideas and build a culture of respect, loyalty, and perseverance. All are crucial characteristics to build a sustainable pipeline of talent who are creative, innovative, and not afraid to fail.”
This post is an excerpt from Grads of Life’s latest report, Workforce Wins. CLICK HERE to read the full report.