Recruitment

How Google is addressing unconscious bias in its recruitment – and how your NFP can too

Google is renowned for its ability to put together some of the world’s most innovative and effective teams.

But that doesn’t make its recruitment staff immune to unconscious biases – the assumptions and decisions our brains make without us even realising it.

Unconscious biases actually effect all of us, every minute of the day. And they can have a huge affect on an organisation’s recruitment activities.

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Five important things to know about recruiting fundraisers for your NFP

Fundraising is critical to the survival of almost all not-for-profit organisations. And with more than 50,000 NFPs registered in Australia, the demand for fundraisers far outweighs the supply.

But because almost every organisation is looking for them, attracting fundraising staff is notoriously difficult. So what do you need to know to recruit talented fundraisers to your organisation?

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Unconscious bias is keeping women out of senior NFP roles, but we can get around it

Most people would not consciously decide to hire candidates based on whether they remind them of themselves. But one unconscious bias – affinity bias – may lead people to favour candidates who are like themselves, research shows.

If senior managers and NFP boards are made up of mostly men who unconsciously engage in such bias, it stands to reason that more men than women will continue to be hired and promoted – particularly men who share the same background with current managers. This only serves to perpetuate the cycle of men outnumbering women in leadership positions.

So what can be done?

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How this simple scorecard can significantly improve your recruitment decisions

Have the hiring decisions you’ve made this year been a success? How do you know?

Few organisations measure the success of hiring managers in their decisions about who’s the right person to hire. But this simple process can help interviewers to improve their skills over time, as well as helping to prevent unconscious biases and stereotypes from creeping into your recruitment decisions.

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How GetUp! hired 39 new staff in just two months

Ahead of her presentation at the 2016 Not-For-Profit People Conference, GetUp!’s Operations Manager Aline Van Koninckxloo shares how the progressive community advocacy organisation managed to hire almost 40 new staff members in just a few months during the 2016 federal election campaign – and what you can learn from their experience.

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