Inner peace: Filling jobs within the organization
The rule in successful staffing has always been to do your best to fill new job openings from within before looking for outside candidates. Here are the key reasons:
Benefiting from a diverse workforce
In recent years, the term diversity has entered the business world in a big way. Over the last 15 years, hundreds of articles, papers, studies, and books talk about how diverse the workplace is becoming. Everyone knows that the workplace is no longer dominated by white males, but did you know that, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, by 2008, women and minorities will make up 70 percent of all new entrants to the workforce?
There are laws that have been enacted to bar discrimination in hiring practices.
This legislation is often changed or updated, such as the addition of the Internet Applicant final rule of 2006, which requires federal contractors to collect and maintain data for use in enforcing nondiscrimination laws. When questions arise regarding any component of employment laws, seek legal counsel. While these often-complex laws can make your job more complicated, a pay-off does exist because diversity has had a tremendously positive impact on the business environment. If everyone in your company thinks alike, you miss the opportunity for innovative ideas that often come from individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds - ideas that can help you improve your products and level of customer service. Ensuring that you have a wide spectrum of job applicants to choose from requires making outreach efforts to various community groups or running classified ads in newspapers read by specific ethnic groups. Beyond hiring, the term diversity training may entail conducting training sessions among employees that teach them to increase sensitivity toward others. When people feel accepted and valued by their colleagues, subordinates, and supervisors, their loyalty and morale increases, and this in turn greatly increases productivity.