Diversity in the Workplace
“We hire people we like to work with”.
Such is the mantra of many companies today. They value culture fit over professionals skills. owing to the long hours people spend together during the week. Their thinking is, if you have to work with people you don’t like, it won’t work out well.
Not only that, but hiring for cultural fit goes against the mantra of hiring for diversity. According to Joelle Emerson, an expert on topics related to diversity in the workplace, when companies say they hire for culture fit, it turns out that the people they hire are similar in terms of looks, dress, backgrounds, and cultural experiences. When companies end up going that route for hiring, they lose out on the opportunities a diverse hiring effort provides for innovation.