Equitable Hiring Practices for Small Business Owners

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How to Hire Equitably Even When You’re a Small Business

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The idea of equitable hiring practices is a topic that has come up in a lot of business conversations recently and it’s one that’s very important for me. We’ve heard a lot of talk this year in the online business world about how to run a more equitable business, how to really think about the fact that so many people in this country and the world face very different circumstances than we do, and how can we work to solve that inequity.  

But when you’re a small business owner, it can sometimes feel like this is only for the big guys. Maybe you’re thinking “I don’t have the money or the time for that” or “I’m just even trying to figure out how to get my business off the ground so I’m not really sure how this fits into my world”.  For instance, maybe you don’t even hire right now or you don’t have employees, maybe you’re a one-woman show and you’re thinking that this isn’t even applicable to you at the moment. But stick with me and I’ll tell you why these equitable hiring practices are still applicable even if you’re not at that stage yet. 

Inside the video

Here are the points that I’ll go over in detail in the video: 

  • Why Hiring Equitably Matters 
  • Tip #1: Be transparent about the pay. 
  • Tip #2: Don’t ask for salary history. 
  • Tip #3: Don’t ask for criminal histories until you’ve made a conditional offer. 
  • Tip #4: Make job qualifications skill-based, not credential-based. 
  • Tip #5: Evaluate your job descriptions for discriminatory or exclusionary language. 
  • Tip #6: Implement blind review practices. 
  • Tip #7: Use the same set of questions for every applicant. 
  • Tip #8: Pay fairly and well. 
  • Tip #9: When choosing contractors or vendors, make sure you are considering a diverse group. 

Watch the video now to learn more about these equitable hiring practices! We can all take part, even in our own small way, in helping to overcome social inequity. 

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