Is your prospective employer invested in a diversity and inclusion strategy?

Image description: A women is seated in front of a desk being interviewed by two executives, one female and one male. Photo source:  Yanalya/Freepik

Image description: A women is seated in front of a desk being interviewed by two executives, one female and one male. Photo source: Yanalya/Freepik

Looking for a new job may seem to be a straightforward process: go to a job board; find an ad with job description that catches your interest; send in an application with the hope of securing an interview.

But if you're a transgender person, a mother returning to work after raising young kids, a person with a physical or intellectual disability or a career person 55 years and over it's likely you'll think twice before sending in a job application.

A range of questions like "Will this company accept me for who I am?", "Will I be allowed flexible hours and work arrangements so that I can still take care of my kids?", "How accessible is the office and is the company willing to make some changes to accommodate me?" may cloud a person's motivation to apply for a job.

In the absence of direct answers from an employer some jobseekers begin a lengthy process to investigate if a company is safe, accessible and welcoming of diverse candidates. Public record of policies, practices or other clues help paint a picture of a company's inclusive culture. Nowadays companies are increasingly publishing videos and blog posts on social media that expound their values and virtues.

However, online searches usually yield results on corporate inclusivity in America, Australia or Europe. The number of companies sharing meaningful examples of inclusive workplace practices in Asia are relatively few. Stories on how small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in Asia adopt a diversity and inclusion strategy are even rarer.

The scarcity of corporate inclusivity stories in Asia presents a problem for jobseekers whose minimum expectation of their employer is that they be safe, accessible and welcoming of diverse talent. According to research for Deloitte the number of jobseekers expecting employers to be inclusive is rising fast.

A lack of clues about a company’s diversity and inclusion strategy oftentimes is reason for some jobseekers to abandon a job application completely. Other jobseekers may venture making a job application but struggle to ask questions about inclusivity during an interview fearing negative repercussions.

In order to address this problem, Be Inclusive is rolling out a new exclusive feature for inclusive companies in Asia. With Be Inclusive's Employer Showcase, local business leaders now have a platform to share stories of their company’s journey towards inclusion in Asia (including their diversity and inclusion strategy). Open roles at your company can be published alongside these stories. By joining the Inclusive Employer’s Showcase, we help you reach diverse jobseekers more efficiently through our community coalition that reaches over 100,000 diverse people.

Learn more about our Inclusive Employer’s Showcase, training and other tools in our kit for companies in Asia.

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