Black Lives Matter: how to continue the cause in 2020

If you’re an accountant who knows just how much Black Lives Matter listen up!

We don’t want the conversation to stop here. In an effort to keep such an important movement fresh in our minds, and at the forefront of your recruitment strategy – here are our suggestions for continuing the cause in 2020 and beyond. 

Social media 

Have your social media feeds dropped the BLM message? Back in the summer, all of our grids were full of George Floyd, peaceful protests and positive stories. Just because it’s not a hot story in the news at the moment, doesn’t mean you can’t do your bit to keep it relevant. By simply asking questions, starting real life conversations and retweeting important BLM messages – you are igniting the message and sparking life back into the cause. 

Talk about it

It may sound simple, but often the most effective solutions are. Don’t over complicate things or be scared of saying or doing the wrong thing. Get past any uncomfortable feelings and blow apart the taboo! Simply speak to your staff. Do they have worries, thoughts, suggestions or needs? Could you add the topic to your 1:1s to open the discussion? Send a questionnaire to gain a deeper understanding? Create a mentorship programme or have a diversity champion? Hold a diversity seminar? But always have a goal – this isn’t a box ticking exercise. What will you do with your insights – what actions will you place on them? Although this is a moral issue, think of this just like any other business metric. 

Instigate change 

Have you committed to creating a diverse workforce? It may have been that a few months ago this was top of your strategy. And now, with the best will in the world – it’s slipped to a ‘nice to have’ on your to do list. If that’s the case, pick it back up…now. You will be judged far less for the length of time it took you to review and change policy – than for making no change at all. Act today. Ensure that your recruitment process is objective and free of discrimination and unconscious bias.

“At Public Practice Recruitment Ltd, we accept, support and encourage diversity within the accountancy sector. Partnering with us means taking a huge step towards hiring talent of different races, abilities and genders. By allowing our team to support you, you will ensure that all of future hires at your accountancy firm are based on talent…above any other factor.

Garry Howling, Public Practice Recruitment Ltd 

And finally…

As a business owner, be human, be consistent and continue to…

  • Build a strong, supportive and happy workplace
  • Enforce strong values – words AND actions
  • Embrace individuality, ideas and experiences 

In the words of Marian Anderson, “No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger than its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise.”

If you are changing your recruitment process, or you want to partner with a professional recruitment company to help with your diversity recruitment strategy, please get in touch today.

When it comes to all aspects of the accountant recruitment process, we’re the experts – always here to help.

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