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Stymied by Diversity Hiring

Most managers seem to recognize, or at least say they
recognize, the value of hiring people different from themselves, but nearly 30 percent do not know how to do it effectively, according to a survey of more than 2,500 senior HR executives in North America by Novations Group. The firm asked respondents to characterize their management's attitude toward diversity hiring.

Responses to the question, "With respect to considering diversity when recruiting new employees, which of the following best describes the attitude of managers in your organization?" were as follows:

• Most managers recognize the value of hiring people different from themselves and do what they can to meet this objective: 50%

• Most managers recognize the value of hiring people different from themselves but don't know how to do it effectively: 29%

• Most managers don't see the value in hiring people different from themselves, but still cooperate with HR's effort to meet this objective: 12%

• Most managers see no value in hiring people different from themselves and make little effort to meet this objective: 8%

• Most managers openly resist diversity in hiring: 1%