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Flash Report | Organizations Still Struggling to Serve Underrepresented Groups

With the increased social awareness of the last few years, stakeholders are pressuring organizations to address their recruiting and retention efforts for underrepresented groups. The commitment to how these groups are addressed is evolving in the form of increased awareness and dialogue, workplace initiatives, education, and accountability and measurement.

Companies clearly want to do better when it comes to recruiting and retaining underrepresented groups, and their efforts are shoring up results. About three-quarters of respondents surveyed reported recruitment activities for Race/Ethnicity (75%) and Women (74%). Additionally, just over one-half of respondents have recruitment initiatives directed towards people with disabilities,
military veterans, and LGBTQIA+. Recruitment and retention for women is considered successful most often, with nearly two-thirds (63%) indicating their success was either “Excellent” or “Very Good.” Retention programs aimed at women have the highest retention, as over two-thirds (68%) consider their retention efforts as either “Excellent” or “Very Good.” 

However, it is not all smooth sailing yet. Only 16% of those with recruiting efforts directed toward people with disabilities considered their success as “Excellent” or “Very Good” and retention efforts focused on race/ethnicity were considered effective by only 37% of respondents. Despite this, efforts will continue to be made: Overall, nearly three-quarters (71%) of respondents felt their efforts would increase, with very few (2%) feeling they would decrease.

This report, sponsored by Orion Talent, examines the underrepresented groups that organizations direct recruiting initiatives towards, and how they have succeeded with these efforts from recruiting to retention.

Read the full report to see where organizations are placing their recruitment and retention initiatives and how they work to expand the diversity of their workforce.

Published: October 9, 2023

Tags: diversity, Flash Report, Market Research, Recruitment, Research, talent retention

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