Zenefits, June 24, 2020– Addressing Social Issues and Racism in the Workplace
Hiring and promotion
Disparities in hiring and advancement based on race persist among Black and Hispanic employees, a recent survey discovered. Prompted by Floyd’s death, Blind — an anonymous network of largely technology professionals — found that while 47% of White respondents think that upper management understands racial differences, only 34% of Hispanic and 19% of Black respondents agreed. When respondents were asked whether their ethnicity was reflected in upper management ranks, 76% of Whites said yes. Only 21% of Hispanic and 10% of Black workers responded yes.
Black and Hispanic workers in the Blind study overwhelmingly felt underrepresented in their companies. However, better recruiting strategies might have changed the study results.
Melodie Bond-Hillman, PhD, senior manager, HR and Administration at XYPRO Technology Corporation, told Workest that to attract diverse job candidates, her company recruits from as broad a talent pool as possible. She also cited training as a key factor in hiring and maintaining a diverse workforce and fostering employee social interaction.
Dr. Bond-Hillman, an experienced Director of Human Resources & Administration with a demonstrated history of working in a variety of industries joined XYPRO in 2017, bringing her 15+ years of skills in Employee Engagement, Recruiting, Change Management, and Management. Since joining XYPRO, Melodie has taken a leadership role in formalizing our HR function ensuring job satisfaction is treated as importantly as labor law compliance. Melodie has been instrumental in the implementation of increased employee benefits and modern approaches to compensation, career planning, cross-training and education.