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Hire the “Wrong” People for the Right Results

Who employers hire is who they are. And who they are is the sum of their workplace culture. So what does that say about those who eagerly hire ex-cons, people with disabilities, returning vets & seniors? It says they’ll win the future of talent.

SHRM CEO Johnny C. Taylor Jr., says hiring people commonly excluded from the workplace is critical to create the diverse, inclusive, better workplaces that drive and differentiate successful businesses now.

Today, when there are more open jobs than people to fill them, employers are too focused on keeping the “wrong” people out instead of bringing the “right” ones in. Often, “wrong” just means different. Companies that lead with inclusion and discard hiring biases are creating winning cultures that drive productivity, innovation and loyalty.

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Martha Frase, Lead, Executive Communications, The Society For Human Resource Management

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  • Track: Workplace
  • Level: Advanced
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