You should use the 7 behaviors when recruiting
At ‘A City of Talents’ at the Copenhagen City Hall, we had the great opportunity of listening to professor, author and expert within the field of DE&I, Dr. Poornima Luthra, who provided us with some eye-opening insights into the current state that we are in and how we need to progress through “Allyship”.
Allyship is a definition developed by Dr. Poornima Luthra, focusing on the 7 behaviors that will set you on the path towards inclusive workplaces.
The 7 behaviors are:
Demonstrate Empathy, Not Shock: Acknowledge the situation or event and make it about the person who experienced it.
Understand Your Biases: “If you have a brain, you have a bias.”
Be Curious: Our minds are neuroplastic, and once stretched by a new idea, will never return to their original shape.
Use Your Voice to Amplify: Speak up and use your voice to amplify the voices of others.
Call Out Discrimination and Microaggressions: Call out discrimination and microaggressions when you see them.
Be an Ally to All: Being an ally is a verb, not a “one-and-done” activity.
Take Action: Take action to create change.
How do we use these 7 behaviors when we recruit people for our organizations?
This was debated heavily among the attending HR and Recruitment Managers, during and after Dr. Poornima Luthras presentation. Many ideas were brought up, combined with input from the presentation.
In line with the Allyship definitions, when recruiting new employees, you can use the 7 behaviors of active allyship to create a more inclusive and diverse workplace. Here are some ways you can apply these behaviors:
Demonstrate Empathy, Not Shock: During the recruitment process, it’s important to acknowledge the experiences of candidates and make it about them. Listen to their stories and show empathy towards their experiences.
Understand Your Biases: Recognize that everyone has biases and work to understand your own. This will help you to make more objective decisions during the recruitment process.
Be Curious: Be open to learning about different cultures and backgrounds. This will help you to better understand the experiences of candidates and create a more inclusive workplace.
Use Your Voice to Amplify: Speak up and use your voice to amplify the voices of underrepresented groups. This can include sharing job postings with diverse networks or advocating for candidates from underrepresented groups.
Call Out Discrimination and Microaggressions: During the recruitment process, it’s important to call out discrimination and microaggressions when you see them. This can help to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all candidates.
Be an Ally to All: Being an ally is a verb, not a “one-and-done” activity. During the recruitment process, it’s important to be an ally to all candidates, regardless of their background or identity.
Take Action: Take action to create change. This can include advocating for more inclusive recruitment practices or working to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace culture.
By applying these behaviors during the recruitment process, you can help to create a more inclusive and diverse workplace in your organization.
You can read more about the new method of recruiting openRecruit here
If you want to learn more about Allyship you can go here