Collaboration at all levels of the recruitment process
We took our time and did a comprehensive review of our recruiting and hiring practices, launching several new initiatives in 2020.
Hiring manager training
Our Inclusive Talent Decisions program was rolled out to over 1,400 people managers. The program focused on the following learning objectives:
- Learn how to recognize and mitigate bias when making people decisions including interviewing, employee development, promotions, succession planning and all key people decisions
- Engage potential candidates from a variety of different backgrounds and ensure that we are viewing from a “culture add” rather than a “culture fit” perspective
- Enhance our current practices to incorporate a better understanding of unconscious bias and diversity in decision-making
Enhancing talent acquisition
The Talent Acquisition Team rolled out their internal Talent Acquisition I&D Learning Series focused on education, acknowledgement and tactical action around inclusion, diversity and belonging.
Teaming up for campus recruiting
Our Campus Recruiting Team has put an emphasis on partnering with diverse student organizations and attending diversity-focused career fairs. In 2020, we partnered with the following student organizations:
- Black Business Undergraduate Society (University of Michigan)
- Undergraduate Business Diversity Council (Indiana University)
- National Society of Black Engineers (Purdue University)
- Society of Women Engineers (University of Wisconsin and University of Michigan)
- Two different chapters of Women in Business (Indiana University and University of Wisconsin)
- ALPFA (DePaul University and Loyola University—Chicago)
- Michigan State University Diversity Career Fair
- University of Illinois—Chicago Diversity Career Fair
- Posse Foundation—professional development events
- Evanston Scholars—professional development events
Expanding our reach—career fairs and summer internships
In addition to these formal partnerships, we also attended five diversity-focused career fairs to help expand our reach in attracting diverse applicants. The Campus Team is making an intentional effort to ensure all candidate slates for hiring managers include gender and racial diversity. The Campus Team also worked with divisional leadership to reserve spots in the 2021 summer internship program for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that are part of the United Negro College Fund.
In support of diversity initiatives and the new virtual environment, we also invested in a partnership with Handshake—a networking site for college students and alumni to find jobs. This platform will allow us to broaden our reach to schools across the nation and target candidates that want to live in the Chicagoland area. It will also help us strengthen our diversity recruiting initiatives by targeting candidates from underrepresented minorities, while continuing to partner with HBCUs and our Big 10 core schools that have proven success. With their active alumni users, we are also able to utilize the tool for our professional-level hiring efforts.