Instead of hiring those similar to you, hire those whose values align with the company’s values, regardless of their cultural and educational background and lifestyle choices. When values drive your interview process, you still hire the right people, but they won’t be all the same.
To build more diversity into the organization, design the recruitment process in a way that mitigates unconscious biases. You will create a more equitable hiring practice, give everyone a fair chance, and ultimately build a more diverse organization.
Focusing on diversity can significantly improve your success in the job market by expanding the talent pool available to you. Be more open-minded and inclusive and you will find many great candidates who will do a fantastic job once they get a chance.
To build a genuinely meritocratic system, it is not enough to claim the value of meritocracy. You need to design processes and policies in a way that limits the opportunity for biases and prejudices to come into play, and that often means relying more on algorithms, transparency, and accountability and less on managerial discretion.
Most of the bias in an organization doesn’t spur form bigotry, racism, or outgroup derogation. It is merely a convenience that is at fault. We prioritize what is comfortable, what is known, and therefore we favor those in our in-group.