Could your agency be doing a better job fostering diversity during the hiring process? Or maybe your agency does a good job recruiting diverse candidates but struggles with retention or employee development.
While there are already structures in place to promote fair hiring, the White House wants the Federal workforce to become “a model of equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion.” Last week, President Obama signed an Executive Order that establishes a coordinated, government-wide effort to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
In the executive order, Obama instructed Berry and other officials to issue a “Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan” within 90 days of Aug. 18, the date of the order. The document also says that within 120 days after the plan is issued, the heads of executive departments shall develop “an agency-specific Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan for recruiting, hiring, training, developing, advancing, promoting and retaining a diverse workforce….”
OPM Director John Berry recently discussed the new initiative at the Blacks in Government conference, underscoring that the White House had gotten buy-in from across the government. All organizations can benefit from the unique skills and experiences that characterize a diverse workforce. Since each agency has to develop their own strategic plan for recruitment and retention, we thought we’d turn to you for ideas and examples. What are some ways that organizations can create a diverse and inclusive workplace? How should agencies best recruit and retain diverse employees?
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