In the business world, the word “diversity” means different things to different companies. According to Robert Rodriguez, president of DRR Advisors LLC and author of Latino Talent: Effective Strategies to Recruit, Retain & Develop Hispanic Professionals, claiming to value diversity and actually creating a culture of inclusivity for minority workers are two very different things. If you’re a Latino individual weighing a job offer, how can you tell whether your potential employer is talking the talk and walking the walk? In a Fox News Latino story titled “Is your Employer Latino Friendly?” Rodriguez offers writer Rachel Barsky some excellent tips.
1. There’s a History of Support — If a company has supported the Latino community for years, it’s a good bet that “diversity is embedded in the company culture,” Barsky writes.
2. There’s Documentation of Said Support — Companies committed to diversity tend to highlight their efforts not only in general annual reports, but also in annual reports dedicated to the subject of diversity. Often, these documents are available online, and studying them for evidence for the support of the Latino community is a great way to tell whether a firm might be a good place to work.
3. It’s Won Awards — Each year, DiversityInc Magazine hands out award for the top 10 employers for Latinos. This publication isn’t alone in honoring companies with strong diversity initiatives, so a good way to check on whether a potential employer is friendly toward Latinos is to peruse the website for mention of such accolades.
4. There are Affinity Groups — Does the company have an employee network specifically for Latinos? If so, that’s another great sign.
5. There are Latinos at the Top — If Latinos have climbed the ladder and landed jobs in upper management, they’ve likely benefited from and/or helped to create an environment where other members of the community will have the ability to succeed. One company that has done this, Barsky writes, is FedEx, and at recruiting events, jobseekers will find pamphlets highlighting Latino workers who’ve risen through the ranks and attained top positions.