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Inclusion is Good for Business

By May 23, 2018 No Comments

Inclusion is Good for Business

Companies have been doing business on a global scale for several hundred years, but only within the last forty years have we truly evolved into a global economy. Global business has now become so personal that Gretchen, who lives in Hamburg, Germany, can make and sell a product to Paulo, who lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Small businesses are freely crossing the diversity borders and corporations today can learn a great deal from them. In a Harvard Business Review article, Dr. David Rock, Director of the NeuroLeadership Institute, shared that, “Nonhomogeneous teams are simply smarter. Working with people who are different from you may challenge your brain to overcome its stale ways of thinking and sharpen its performance.”

“We have a mission to help teams hire the most skilled talent regardless of gender, race, nationality, or socioeconomic status,” said Scot Sessions, CEO, TalVista. “There are scores of highly-skilled and experienced people in the market that either do not apply for a job or are screened out of the hiring process due to natural human unconscious bias.”

TalVista, Inc. recently acquired Talent Sonar, a premier SaaS platform, as its flagship solution to enable companies to see beyond the obvious. “There are three critical decision points in the recruiting process often overlooked or undervalued,” said Elaine Orler, Chairwoman, TalVista, “Those three points are: the job seeker’s ability to resonate with the job opportunity to create a desire to apply; the resume review team’s ability to focus on the relevant not the meaningless; and the hiring team’s ability to invest their full attention in the interview conversation. TalVista is committed to addressing the natural unconscious bias across candidates, recruiters, and managers.

Companies are able to improve their job descriptions through;

  • A text refinement editor
  • Research delivered by Duke University
  • Elevated word replacements that generate a neutral and non-bias reaction

Resulting in an increase in diverse candidates who apply for opportunities.

TalVista’s blind resume review module automatically redacts applicant names, addresses, and educational institutions from within the original resume format. When reviewing resumes, the hiring teams are able to focus on skills and experience presented in their original format, rather than on alma mater, athletic activities or favorite pastimes.

With a continued focus on mitigating unconscious bias, TalVista provides an easy-to-use solution to create an interview script with defined structure for interviewers to quickly follow. The script can be printed or accessed on either a computer or mobile device. Each interview script is specifically crafted for the position being interviewed, and the skills and abilities the interviewer is responsible for assessing. This structure produces a stronger more meaningful interview and improved candidate experience. Companies today are in need of smarter teams if they are to compete nationally or on a global scale. Once companies recognize the need to address unconscious bias, they will see a 30 percent increase in diverse applicants, and, according to recent research by McKinsey & Company, there is a direct link between diversity and company financial performance. Diversity on a team challenges people to be better and push beyond complacency, resulting in higher quality products and services, as well as improved financials.

About TalVista

Seeing beyond the obvious. TalVista, a woman-owned business, provides a view beyond the noise of unconscious bias in the hiring process. Now businesses can be more inclusive from the job description through to the interview. Based on research, the words we use will either reveal our inclusive or exclusionary tendencies. Companies that combine our job description optimization and redacted resume reviewing with scripted and structured interviews now have a SaaS platform to mitigate unconscious bias. This will result in greater inclusivity with a more diverse and skilled workforce. For more information, visit www.talvista.com