Diversity Retention Reading Room

The Diversity Retention Reading Room provides readers with information on how to prevent turnover of employees from diverse backgrounds and what strategies are move effective with diversity retention.

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  • Retaining the Best

    By Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D.

    No one wants to work where they are unwelcome, uncomfortable, or unfulfilled.

    Review of The Diversity Recruitment Advertising Toolkit Directory
    by Advanced Online Recruiting Techniques Blog

    I love it when a publication actually lives up to its title. If you are looking for diversity outlets, this is a great reference tool to get you started. Also useful are the various checklists for diversity advertisers, things to avoid that can get you into legal hot water, and the various ways that editor Tracey de Morsella cross-indexes the listings are convenient. I didn't have too much to recommend to her to improve the next edition.

    Reviewed by Glenn Gutmacher Recruiting researcher for Microsoft and author of Advanced Online Recruiting Techniques Blog Click here to read the rest of this review.

    Sadly, this is what can happen when we make little effort to make our workplaces hospitable to employees of all backgrounds. This article discusses ways in which organizations can create diversity-friendly environments which will not only attract, but retain, the finest quality employees. Ideas include: Staff and management training to enhance mutual understanding and team building. Networking groups designed to break-down barriers between diverse employees. Mentor partnerships to help new staff acclimate to the organizations culture.

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  • I would like to take some liberty with a phrase that each of us has known since childhood. For some, the basic objective of education is to teach students to be functional and competent in the 3R's, readin', 'ritin', and 'rithmetic. It's a simple message, but it helps to refocus attention from the overwhelming complexities of education by reciting this simple mantra. When we redefine these 3R's to the topic of Diversity, we will not need to add any apostrophes. The 3R's of Diversity are Recruitment, Retention and Results.

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  • You are the staffing manager and you have spent countless hours and energy trying to fill key positions in your organization. Your charge has been to actively seek out minorities and women for different positions in the hopes of increasing the diversity within the organization. You have accomplished your tasks and everything seems okay. Your candidate gets on board, things seem to be going well and all of the sudden you receive a message that your candidate has resigned from the organization. You wonder why? There are numerous reasons why minorities and women depart organizations in the first year of their assimilation into the organization.

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  • The Effect of Diversity on Turnover: A Large Case Study

    by David I. Levine & Jonathan S. Leonard

    Contrary to popular thinking among some diversity consultants, employing workers of many different races has little effect on average turnover in a retail workplace, although employees do quit more often if fewer colleagues are the same race, according to a recently published case study by two professors at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. In one of few studies to explore how workplace demographics affect employee behavior, Haas School Professors Jonathan Leonard and David Levine examined more than 70,000 employees at more than 800 workplaces of a national retailer.

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