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Diversity Hiring Based on Culture and Competency

By David Hutchinson

January 4 2023 - Diversity is critical when recruiting for your charity and non-profit organizations. The world is composed of people from various backgrounds, religions, gender, ethnicity, and races that you cannot ignore. The world would be boring without cultural diversity.

However, many diversity hires fail because the hiring manager overlooks the person's cultural fit to the organization, relevant experience, or hard or soft skills. You need to merge culture and competency to hire the best candidate for your charity and non-profit organization.

This post will give you three tips on hiring diversely based on the candidate's culture and competency. So, let us dive right in.

Offering Competitive Pay and Benefits

Competitive pay is the salary that meets or surpasses the industry's expectations for positions with a similar level of responsibility in the same region. The incredible thing about competitive pay is that it is often negotiable if the ideal candidate has strong qualifications.

Apart from an attractive salary, you should also provide an excellent package. Such packages include bonuses, insurance benefits, pay increases, and flexible work schedules that a candidate will not refuse. With such a compensation structure, every staff member will feel included whenever the company wins.

Create a Strong Team

As a charity and non-profit leader, you can create a formidable team in the following ways:

1. Maximizing Your Team's Collective Experience

You can make the most of your team's collective experience in your work tasks through:

Clarifying Everyone's Roles and Responsibilities

Everyone must know their specific roles and responsibilities if your team is to work efficiently. If these roles are unclear, it will lead to chaos, decreasing the team's morale. Remember that your team is as strong as its weakest link, so you want to ensure everyone is aligned with their tasks.

Effective Communication

You should be a powerful communicator if you want to collaborate in decision-making, share information, and resolve conflicts in your team. Everyone will understand what you are saying when you communicate while avoiding jargon and complex language. Then hold regular meetings and take the time to listen to feedback from your team. Of course, it would help if you also resolved conflicts quickly.

Emphasize employee roles that draw on personal strengths and abilities through self-assessment tests. For example, you can send them a questionnaire to help them identify their talents for highlighted positions. If you do not want to rely solely on individual feedback, you can also ask the team to evaluate one another's performance.

2. Organizing Activities That Foster a Sense of Community

Various team-building activities will foster a sense of community in your workplace, including:


One sure-fire way of bonding with your team is through sharing meals. Did you know that eating similar food among colleagues enhances trust? You can, for instance, try incorporating meals in your workplace through:

  • Going for a luncheon in a park.
  • Catering food. When you have meetings, order breakfast or lunch.

You will be surprised at how eating together strengthens the bond between you and your team.

Professional Development:

Another excellent team bonding activity is watching a professional development video together. Afterward, you should engage your team through discussions. Apart from impacting knowledge, these will also spark wholesome conversations where you get to pick your employees' brains.


Nothing keeps your company happily engaged more than gamification. It brings out the child in everyone, thus fostering authentic relationships. A playful environment of board games or video games can take your team bonding to the next level.

Foster a Culture of Positivity and Inclusion

If you want a culture that fosters positivity and inclusion to set an example for leadership in others, consider gathering current inclusion information (like employee demographics and talent levels) to gain a comprehensive picture of the status of your firm. After that, develop the inclusive criteria you want to instil and be transparent about it. You can then set an example and consistently apply the standards while directing your employees.

Encourage an Outstanding Work Experience

You should provide your workers with an excellent work experience that outlines the specific benefits of collaborating with the organization. For example, do you encourage work-life balance? Does the company's mission line up with the employees' values? Does the company promote growth by giving out incentives?

The projects you are working on should hone employees' talents and increase their marketability. You can enrol your staff in online advancement courses to gain new skills or encourage them to work smartly. By working on quality and not quantity work, they will have more time to participate in professional development activities.

Furthermore, offer mentorship programs to help them develop their career path.

Diversity Hiring on Culture and Competency - Bottomline

You cannot undervalue the significance of experience, culture and competency when hiring diversely. So, if you want a quality candidate, ensure you provide an attractive salary, develop a formidable team, and encourage an outstanding work experience.

In this way, you will retain your employees longer than most. Hence, you will minimize the time expended going through a pile of applications often and instead grow your non-profit organization.

About The Author Bio

Since 1997 David Hutchinson, the president of Cause Leadership, a nonprofit executive search firm, has successfully placed senior-level candidates with a broad spectrum of organizations in the charitable sector. He also has a great interest in helping charitable organizations diversify, become younger in their leadership, and better represent their own clients.


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