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recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce


It is in the best interest of organizations and companies to employ and retain high performing individuals for as long as possible. Human performance, however, is influenced by many factors, including but not limited to feeling supported, valued, and respected; being recognized and rewarded for good work; functioning under transparent and fair processes; and receiving consistent constructive and actionable feedback.


Based upon feedback of our clients and participants, NTIRE has created the Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Workforce training series. "Training" is the operative word in that this series will provide specific guidance on what to say and do throughout the employee life cycle--hiring, talent development, promotion, and exit--to optimize outcomes and reach organizational goals. A unique aspect of the series is that the trainings are related but independent. Each training can be taken alone, in combination with one to two others, or as an entire series.

Each training is 1) 90 minutes, 2) provided virtually (in-person trainings can be provided upon request), and 3) addresses the role and potential impact of implicit and explicit bias.

1. Hiring
  • Job descriptions
  • Sourcing and recruiting
  • Initial cut from resume to interview
  • Interviewing
  • Offers and negotations
  • Onboarding
2. Talent/Skill Development
  • Mentoring
  • Assignment delegation
  • Opportunities and special projects
  • Feedback strategies
  • Performance evaluations
  • Annual employee surveys
3. Promotion
  • Transparent and fair process
  • Promotion criteria
  • Performance evaluations
  • Succession planning
  • Diversifying leadership
  • Relationships and nepotism
4. Exit
  • Annual employee engagement surveys
  • Exit interview (timing, question content, selection of interviewer)
  • Subgroups that are most/least likely to leave (by race, gender, age, etc.)
  • Type of exit: termination, resigning, or retiring
  • Top reasons that people resign (e.g., pull toward another opportunity or push from dissatisfaction with current job)
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