Beyond the Buzzwords: 5 Simple Strategies for Improving Gender Diversity in the Workplace

Madison Recruitment
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Improving gender diversity isn’t just a tick box, it’s essential for creating an environment where all employees feel valued, respected, and empowered.

We’re dedicated to connecting job seekers with their dream roles and assisting employers in building teams that embrace diversity and inclusivity.

With Pride Month in full swing, we’ve put together a list of gender-diverse recruitment strategies that can help you build more equitable and inclusive teams that reflect the unique perspectives of your workforce.

1. Use gender-neutral job descriptions

We know that language matters, and the words we choose can make a big difference in attracting a diverse pool of candidates. That’s why we recommend using gender-neutral language in your job descriptions. The government has gender-inclusive language guidelines that can help you ensure that your ads are inclusive and avoid gender bias. For example, use gender-neutral pronouns (they, them) by default, and avoid words that are gender exclusive, e.g. use “salesperson” not “salesman”. Simple changes can make a big difference!


2. Diversify your recruitment sources

To attract a more diverse pool of candidates, it’s important to reach out to diverse networks, such as LGBTQIA+ advocacy groups like Rainbow Youth and Gender Minorities Aotearoa. Don’t just rely on traditional sources like job boards and referrals; by casting a wider net, you can access candidates who may not have otherwise considered the role.


3. Offer flexible working arrangements

The traditional 9-to-5 just doesn’t cut it for many people anymore, especially for those with additional caregiving responsibilities. Flexible working arrangements like part-time or remote work can be a game-changer. Not only does it attract a more diverse talent pool, but it also sends a clear message that you prioritise your employees’ well-being, leading to happier and more loyal team members. Win-win!


4. Conduct gender diversity training

Inclusive workplaces start with inclusive leaders. Providing gender diversity training to your hiring managers is a crucial starting point. By upskilling your team and addressing unconscious bias, you can create a more inclusive recruitment process and attract a wider range of talent. Check out DiversityWorks NZ for training options that can help you create a more inclusive workplace.


5. Use gender-balanced interview panels

Using gender-balanced interview panels is an essential step towards promoting diversity and reducing the impact of unconscious bias. When you have a panel consisting of individuals from diverse backgrounds, genders, and ethnicities, you open up the door to a variety of perspectives, which can help to reduce the impact of unconscious bias.


Diversify your team today

Building a diverse and inclusive workplace is crucial for business success. We’re here to provide expert guidance and resources so you can create a workplace where everyone feels valued and supported. Get in touch to learn more about how we can help you build a more inclusive team.

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