How to work on diversifying your workforce during a hiring freeze

posted on August 28, 2020

August 26, 2020

By Maynard Webb,

Q. How do you make progress on diversity hiring when hiring is on hold?

—San Francisco-area operating executive

Dear operating executive,

This is a great question. There’s room and reason for all of us to become better at building workplaces that support and celebrate diversity. The sooner you can address this as a company, the better—and you don’t have to wait until you are hiring. In fact, right now is an excellent time to reassess, implement new practices, and set you up for building a more diverse and inclusive company.

While hiring is on hold, you can look within your company to ensure that you have a culture that values inclusion and belonging.

  • Examine your culture. The fact is, diversity isn’t something you can just hire your way out of. To truly make the workplace more inclusive, evaluate your methods of mentorship and promotion.
  • Support a culture that celebrates inclusion. Embracing diversity requires means that you may need to change the way you work to accommodate a broad range of people. Employ policies that are equitable for both men and women.

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