Comply With The OFCCP With A Diverse Hiring Strategy

The OFCCP or Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has required that diversity be a top consideration in the hiring process. Depending upon the contract, it can even specify a minimum percentage of minority employees to be hired on the job. Diversity is a must and there are various outdated practices that employers use when it comes to the hiring process.

According to a recent study by InternMatch, approximately 81 percent of companies are going to recruit diverse candidates in 2014. Additionally, about 85 percent of companies are looking to take action to hire women, Latinos and African-American.

There are various ways to recruit and this includes using social media to help with the recruiting process. There are many ethnic groups using social media and this makes it easy to tap into such populations for the purpose of hiring. Approximately 80 percent of Hispanics and 75 percent of African-American use social media while only about 70 percent of whites use it.

Many employers have begun using niche job boards as a way to attract more diverse candidates and there are about 27 percent of Fortune 10000 companies that use on-campus career fairs.

When applications are collected, it’s important to be able to take all of that information and process it appropriately. Many employers have begun using more technology within their HR department in order to obtain an applicant tracking system. This allows the ethnicity to be a search criterion so that HR managers can find the best person for the job and ensure that diversity regulations are met at the same time.

In some instances, there are companies reaching out past the United States in order to hire. This is done not only to add to the diversity but also to tap into other talents that are not found within the U.S. Over 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power is found outside of the country and there are many companies, including Hilton and Microsoft, which tap into talents abroad for their workforce.

There are all sorts of benefits to hiring a diverse workforce. Not only does it help to comply with the OFCCP, it can also add flexibility to the work schedule. Approximately 44 percent of Hispanics and 48 percent of African-American have the ability to adjust a work schedule as needed. This flexibility can help to reduce labor costs by 20 percent or more.

Employers need to look into creating a diverse workforce and it starts with the hiring process. Using technology such as social media and an applicant tracking system can help to show where diversity lies so that the best person is hired for an open position.