So, what’s the big deal when it comes to having a diverse workforce? You might be thinking that your hiring practices so far have been working out alright, or that there just aren’t as many diverse candidates in your industry.
But, what if you could do better?
Different genders think differently and have different lived experiences. And when a company has a diverse workforce, you get a wider array of opinions, ideas, and approaches. When you have more diverse ideas to choose from, your company can benefit–big time! More ideas lead to better ideas.
One of the best ways to find great employees while you improve the gender gap is by focusing on cultural alignment.
Cultural Alignment Matters!
Each company has its own unique culture. When you find job candidates that align with your company culture, they not only get along better with your current employees, but it can also lead to greater levels of happiness, satisfaction, and commitment to a company.
This makes cultural alignment critical to the overall success of the business and the individual. Don’t believe us? Our research found that nearly three-fifths of respondents said that they were more likely to stay with an employer if aligned on culture. This means you’ll have lower turnover, and you’ll spend fewer resources on hiring!
On a personal level, better cultural alignment leads to higher job satisfaction (44%), which can lead to higher productivity levels. Happy workers just get more done, and they do better work!
Now, let’s take a look at some ways that you can improve the gender gap, including using cultural alignment as a focus in hiring.
Bills, Bills, Bills
In 2020, women earned 81 cents for every US dollar earned by men. And this is just average–it’s even worse for women of color. You can promote more gender equality in your workforce by being transparent about wages. This will help ensure that women aren’t earning less than men in equivalent roles. Pay brackets can also encourage female applicants and employees to negotiate their wages.
Short List Lengthener
Gender inequities during the hiring process can be inherent, particularly in male-dominated industries. To address this, make your informal shortlist longer. According to the Harvard Business Review, adding an additional three candidates to an initial shortlist of three increased the women-to-men ratio from 1:6 to 1:4.
Prioritizing the importance of work-life balance at your company can benefit both men and women. Gen X started the work-life balance revolution but it hasn’t stopped with them. In fact, more and more employees are prioritizing that balance. Having the option for part-time, job sharing, or flexible scheduling can bring your company more applications for all genders! In fact, our own research shows that 42% of respondents consider the ability to have a flexible schedule very important while another 40% consider it important.
Reduce the risk of unfair bias by including skills-based assessments as part of your hiring process. Skills assessments are objective, while an interview can be subjective. Skill tests don’t lie, and they can be a good indicator of who has the skills you need, regardless of gender identity. However, don’t base your decision fully on objective skills tests. You need to balance the objective and subjective parts of the hiring process in your decision-making. If you use skills tests, ensure that the tasks you ask candidates to complete are standard to ensure fairness.
So what do all of these tips have in common? They are based on the value of closing the gender gap. And your values are part of your company culture!
Did you know that close to half of women consider a “good cultural fit” with a company very important (47%), compared to two-fifths of men (41%)? This means that when you focus on finding candidates that align with your company, you could increase your pool of female job candidates, helping you find top talent while diversifying your workforce!
But how do you assess cultural alignment? There are many personality tests out there, but none can combine subjective, soft skills with personality insights like Workzinga! Our Culture Alignment Assessment allows us to help match you up with the best candidates for your job openings. It’s kind of like being a matchmaker, but just for the working world.
So stop wasting time and improve the gender gap in your office with the help of Workzinga today!