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Stereotype: This refers to Identification of a person or individuals based on their particular gender, age group, interest, personality, or membership to a social category.
Have you ever wondered if your organization had lost opportunities to employ quality personnel due to stereotype .Maybe too you are the type of employer to stereotype? You may think you’re as open-minded as the next person, but this may not always be the case. When you consider certain individuals for open positions at your company, their unique challenges may make it difficult for you to be open to hiring them.
Let’s say, for instance, a military spouse comes in to fill out an application. Like most employers, you know that being married to the military makes them highly likely to move. In most cases, they won’t stay in the same place for more than three years. Does this mean you shouldn’t hire them? No. In fact, statistics show that today’s employee turnover rates show that those three years may actually make them some of your longest-tenured employees. In addition, these individuals bring with them unique qualifications and skills that they’ve gained from being married to military personnel; they are more apt to be a team player, more independent, and more flexible.
Other individuals face those same stereotypes as well, like stay-at-home mothers and fathers that are returning to work, professionals who have been laid off and unemployed, women, the aging workforce, returning retirees, and veterans. Each of these candidates can offer something unique ,but only if you’re open enough to consider hiring them.
So, how do you overcome conventional stereotypes and attract this unique talent?
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Written by: Mimi Dogo
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