Benefits of Being Yourself at Work

Posted September 17, 2015 by

A diverse workforce merges different ideas and points of view. By hiring employees with diverse backgrounds who feel comfortable with themselves, employers create a more inclusive work environment for all employees.

To help explore these issues, College Recruiter is hosting a College Recruiting Bootcamp on LGBT and other diversity hiring issues on Tuesday, September 29th at the Twilio headquarters in San Francisco. Join us.

Prior to that event, we’ll publish the opinions from a number of talent acquisition and recruiting leaders about why and how employers should diversify their workforces. In today’s article, Dr. Darren Pierre of the University of Chicago discusses a couple of benefits to being yourself at work.

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Dr. Darren Pierre, College Administrator at the University of Chicago

First, a diverse workforce better represents the composite of our society; if you cannot work with members different from you in the workplace, how will you be able to connect with clients who are different from you? In addition, in Kirk Snyder’s book G Quotient, Snyder speaks to the ways in which gay executives excel because of their ability to be out in the workplace and in their personal lives. Snyder equates in some ways how authenticity has a direct correlation to productivity. In short, when people can come as they are, they are more likely to succeed in the job and have a larger level of commitment to the organization. Finally, as we move into a more inclusive society, employers are going to be asked more and more to put their own prejudices aside to move with the greater good of the organization.

Dr. Darren Pierre is a college administrator at the University of Chicago and author of the book, The Invitation to Love: Recognizing the Gift Despite Pain, Fear, and Resistance. Dr. Pierre earned his PhD from the University of Georgia and has research interest surrounding authenticity, student engagement and diverse issues in higher education. Pierre is also a part-time faculty member at Loyola University-Chicago.

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