Group of four diverse, smiling professional women.

Hire and Retain a Diverse Staff: Nurture a Positive Staff Community

Candidates are seeking workplaces where they can intertwine their beliefs with those of the company, and work together on a common vision of purpose and success.

– Natalie Baumgartner

This activity is designed to foster effective leadership practices.


Read this summary by REL Northwest REL about recruiting and retaining teachers of color.


Read this article from the Harvard Business Review about building a culture that aligns to people’s values.


Are leaders effectively driving culture?

  • According to a recent survey by the National Bureau of Economic Research, 85% of CEOs and CFOs believe an unhealthy culture leads to unethical behavior.
    • What’s more, that same survey found that nine out of 10 CFOs believe improving company culture would increase their company’s business value and performance.
  • However, Nearly half of employees (45%) say leadership is minimally or not at all committed to improving culture. 
  • TIP FOR IMPROVEMENT: Including employees in the culture-building process; encouraging and utilizing employee feedback and input; and frequent, meaningful, real-time recognition can all help create a workplace culture employees want to be a part of.

How can leaders build cultures of empowerment?

  • Improving role fit
    • Employees should be encouraged to focus on the work they’re most passionate about and where they feel they provide the most value.
  • Establishing connections in the workplace
    • Employee experience is greatly affected by day-to-day relationships, and that’s why it’s important to give employees opportunities to strengthen those relationships.
  • Connecting roles to purpose
    • Employers must develop a culture that reinforces the important role each employee plays within their organization.


REFLECT: What are three takeaways you can use during your next hiring cycle, or to retain your current staff?

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