79% of HR Professionals Believe Their Companies Are Diverse; Experts Warn They May Be Overestimating Diversity

More than three-quarters of HR professionals (79%) believe their company is diverse, according to new data from Clutch, the leading B2B ratings and reviews firm.

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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 57% of employees say their company has become more diverse in the past year. Experts say this can be attributed to a more diverse American workforce overall and an increase in companies employing international workers.

Experts warn, however, that employees sometimes mistake their company having some diversity with having strong diversity. It is easy for people to overestimate their workplace’s diversity because people may think one employee of a different background represents the entire company, said Faizan Fahim, content marketing lead for ServerGuy, an IT company.

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Employees believe their workplace is diverse, but they’re not the most objective or accurate judges.

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Almost three-quarters of employees (74%) believe their company is committed to improving diversity.

Fewer than 1 in 5 (19%) aren’t sure if their company is committed to diversity in 2020, and only 8% believe their company isn’t committed to creating a more diverse workplace this year.

Diversity plans can continue during the pandemic, despite challenges created by the COVID-19 business environment.

Jessica Lambrecht, founder of The Rise Journey, a recruiting consultancy, emphasizes that growth and hiring can decrease while overall diversity goals remain the same.

“Our growth goals have been slowed due to the pandemic, so our hiring has slowed,” Lambrecht said. “But our [recruiting] plans remain the same: Continue to create an inclusive environment and find diverse candidates for the projects we have currently planned.”

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