Does Your Company Have Intellectual Diversity?

Intellectual diversity

The idea that companies can forego cultural diversity in their approach to product development and team building is likely no longer a viable option for most in today's global marketplace. Moving toward a rich and complex organizational structure, most smart businesses are seeking talent with a diverse approach to creating new ideas and strategic problem-solving skills. Many hiring managers are now faced with a deficit of such diverse talent, and finding ways to increase their pool of diverse workers within the company hierarchy has become an essential requirement when sourcing new team players.

Defining Diversity

Diversity in itself is defined as both a person's ethnicity or national identity as well as their intellectual diversity, the latter being the sought-after characteristic companies are most interested in acquiring. Understanding what diversity means is a good first step. But it's the intellectually diverse employee who brings a different and innovative perspective to the table. Integrating and applying their ideas and concepts help companies address a broader range of culturally diverse needs, and situations, while extrapolating a myriad of possibilities from them in their search for solutions. Since intellectually diverse workers relate to or address problems from fresh perspectives, their ideas can then allow for radically different solutions or approaches than those envisioned by local, more culturally heterogeneous workers. And seeing work situations from a different slant can ultimately help companies find better, more flexible product solutions.

Problem-Solving Diversity

We all know there is no one way to solve a problem. Hiring intellectually diverse talent further helps you tackle individual problems in a holistic, comprehensive way. Using a team with diverging cognitive perspectives provides a more thorough approach to achieving well-rounded, effective problem-solving solutions, possibly yielding a multi-faceted solution, one that might be unattainable if everyone on the team was, well, like-minded.

When a team embodies intellectual diversity, each member of the team conceives of or approaches a new dilemma or query in their own unique, innovative way, adding rich layers and nuances to developing or improving products in an entirely new light. In creating complex IT software, for example, one team member's idea might evoke another, and so forth, from which the team then elaborates or builds upon to envision and create a completely new solution using and/or integrating each new component idea, leading to unique and profitable final products.

Hiring Practices and Approaches

Measuring intellectual diversity is complex and well yes, can be daunting, and some might say impossible. One way to deal with this dilemma is to not simply fill a position but rather determine what your team's assets are and what is missing or lacking, and then begin expanding on that. The basic problem is that most hiring managers are overwhelmed by this task and would rather stay within their own comfort zones, resulting in near similar hires having opted for the same hiring strategies and onboarding of new employees. Stepping out of that hiring mindset to source and find intellectually diverse employees requires not only a little more effort, but naturally some “thinking outside the box”. Bringing diverse employees on board, however, may catapult the company's business to a whole new game-changing reality. While conversely, sticking to the same hiring practices and outcomes at best maintains the status quo, at worse, sets the company back and possibly leads to stagnation and loss.

Finding Intellectually Diverse Employees

Being proactive when envisioning the needs your company's recruitment practices, especially when searching for intellectually diverse talent might seem overwhelming, yes, but there are unique recruitment services and agencies that can help with this daunting task. It just means opening your mindset to new ways of hiring and looking for such employees beyond your local or even national market alone. Finding workers with intellectual diverse abilities and backgrounds, who are also qualified and experienced makes it further complicated and one of the many reasons most successful and innovative companies turn to specialty recruiting firms to find that unique talent. Not too many agencies, however, offer that very specific type of recruitment service, capable of sourcing from a worldwide pool of intellectual diverse talent, a global assortment of culturally diverse remote workers from a wide array of geographical locations; full-time workers who bring with them imaginative, innovative ideas, together with solid work ethics, qualifications, skills, expertise and experience to the job. DistantJob does, specializing in just that type of recruiting, offering employers the possibility to hand pick top, intellectually diverse, remote employees from an extensive global pool of talent to satisfy the most demanding of job skills and company needs and requirements.

Try DistantJob, we're confident we can find you the most talented remote workers to solve your company's HR intellectually diversity needs. Contact us to add diversity to your team.

Online capabilities and connectivity have brought flexible workforces to the forefront of the recruitment industry. IT and software development companies now have access to global talent pools of highly qualified potential candidates. Global hires offset costs and lets you take advantage of top international talent – if it’s done properly.

Full-time remote employees provide better, more cost-effective solutions for businesses. DistantJob places the world’s best candidates in top U.S. companies. We provide sought-after candidates to grow with the business. Contact us at 888-886-7343 to discover how.

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Sharon Koifman

Sharon Koifman

Sharon Koifman believes every company, from the biggest enterprise to the newly-launched garage startup, should have access to world’s top talent. That’s why he used over 10 years of experience in tech industry recruitment & HR to create DistantJob. His unique recruitment model allows DistantJob’s clients to get high quality IT experts working remotely at a fraction of the usual cost - with no red tape and within two weeks.

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