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Pride Month - embracing diversity in recruitment

Posted in Company Culture, Employers, Policies & Procedures, Recruitment on Jun 11, 2024 by Keeley Edge

June is upon us, and with it comes the vibrant celebration of Pride Month. This is a time to honor the LGBTQ+ community, recognise the strides made toward equality, and reflect on the journey that still lies ahead. 

For businesses, it’s also an opportunity to foster an inclusive workplace that not only respects but celebrates diversity. When it comes to recruitment, embracing this ethos can lead to a richer, more innovative, and ultimately more successful organisation.


The Significance of Pride Month

Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall Riots of June 1969, a pivotal moment in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Over the decades, it has grown into a global movement promoting equal rights, dignity, and acceptance. For businesses, it’s more than just flying a rainbow flag; it’s about creating a culture where everyone feels valued and included.


Diversity in the Workplace: More Than a Buzzword

Diversity isn’t just a trendy concept; it’s a critical component of a thriving business. A diverse workforce brings a variety of perspectives, which can lead to more creative solutions and better decision-making. Companies that embrace diversity are also better positioned to understand and serve a diverse customer base, enhancing their market competitiveness.


The Role of Recruitment in Fostering Diversity

Recruitment is the gateway to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. Here are some strategies to ensure your recruitment process aligns with these values:

  1. Inclusive Job Descriptions: Words matter. Use inclusive language in job descriptions to attract a broader range of candidates. Avoid gender-specific terms and consider highlighting your company’s commitment to diversity.

  2. Broadening Your Reach: Don’t limit your search to traditional channels. Partner with LGBTQ+ organisations, attend diverse career fairs, and use platforms that cater to a wide array of candidates.

  3. Bias-Free Screening: Implement blind recruitment practices to minimise unconscious bias. This can include removing personal information from applications that reveal gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

  4. Diverse Interview Panels: Ensure your interview panels reflect diversity. This not only sends a message of inclusion but can also help in assessing candidates from varied perspectives.

  5. Training and Awareness: Provide training for hiring managers on the importance of diversity and how to conduct inclusive interviews. Awareness is the first step towards meaningful change.


Celebrating Pride Beyond June

While Pride Month is a fantastic time to highlight your commitment to the LGBTQ+ community, true inclusion is a year-round effort. Here are a few ongoing initiatives to consider:

  • Employee Resource Groups (ERGs): Support the formation of ERGs for LGBTQ+ employees. These groups provide a space for support, advocacy, and professional development.

  • Inclusive Policies: Review your company policies to ensure they support all employees. This includes anti-discrimination policies, benefits for same-sex partners, and inclusive healthcare options.

  • Visible Support: Show your support through actions and not just words. This can be participating in Pride events, donating to LGBTQ+ causes, or featuring diverse voices in company communications.


The Business Case for LGBTQ+ Inclusion

Embracing LGBTQ+ inclusion isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s also good for business. Studies have shown that companies with diverse teams perform better financially. A McKinsey report found that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 25% more likely to have above-average profitability than companies in the bottom quartile. The same principles apply to other forms of diversity, including sexual orientation and gender identity.

In addition, a welcoming and inclusive workplace enhances employee satisfaction and retention. When people feel valued and respected, they are more likely to stay with a company and contribute to its success.


Pride Month serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. By integrating these values into your recruitment process, you not only contribute to a fairer society but also enhance your organisation’s potential for innovation and growth. Let’s celebrate Pride with purpose, making a lasting commitment to inclusivity that extends far beyond the month of June. After all, a truly diverse team is a strong team, and a strong team is the cornerstone of any successful business.

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Hi I’m Keeley, MD of Key Appointments. 

We offer Fixed Fee, Contingent, Retained and Recruitment Outsourcing services - providing support wherever it’s needed, allowing you to manage your budget effectively.

Talk to me if you’re an SME or Non-Profit with limited time and budget for your recruitment.

Get in touch if you’re a Manufacturing or Engineering business looking for talented Engineers, Supply Chain or Commercial employees.

The Key Appointments team can help you: Attract, Search, Screen, Assess and Onboard potential future employees.

Call me on 07943 116559 or email keeley@key-appointments.co.uk 



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