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How to Hire Your Way to Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Businesses often pay a great deal of lip service in their pursuit of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. But despite this, overall statistics continue to demonstrate low figures. Women and ethnic minorities will represent in 47 and 40 percent of the workforce respectively in 2022. But businesses continue to underrepresent these groups despite a reported commitment to diversity and inclusion. Why is this so? Primarily because hiring for diversity and inclusion can be more challenging than it appears.

4 Must-Do Tasks for Diversity and Inclusion Before You Hire

  • Know What Diversity Is – How do you define diversity and inclusion? Does it involve only gender and ethnicity in the workplace or something more? It can involve a broad range of characteristics and experiences. Other facets like age, education, economics, sexual orientation, and philosophies may be important. Before you hire, know how your business defines it.
  • Know Your Company’s Diversity and Inclusion Profile – It doesn’t exist unless you measure it! In order to gauge your efforts, you must first know where your company’s diversity and inclusion stands from the start. Tracking these statistics allows refinements and improvements in your efforts toward an inclusive workplace. Also, use stats to help attract diverse talent by showing your commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Know the Diverse Skillsets Your Business Needs – Too often, businesses hire for short-term needs without considering the big picture. Identify your business’ long-range vision and the diverse array of skill sets needed for market success. This task will help you pursue diversity and inclusion by expanding your vision of the company’s growth over time.
  • Know Your Business’ Biases – Biases are everywhere, and these are the most common barriers to diversity and inclusion. Conduct a “bias audit” of your business using a collaborative team approach. Identify areas where biases may be interfering with new hires. By highlighting these biases and adopting greater transparency, your business will be able to achieve a more inclusive workplace.

Best Practices for Hiring Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

  • Develop Standardized Questions and Evaluations – While questions and evaluations are selected wisely, standardization helps achieve greater diversity and inclusion. Once skillsets are known, the objective and unbiased questions can be used to provide all applicants with equal opportunity.
  • Consider Blinded Evaluations – Many biases are hidden and unconscious. One way to achieve greater diversity and inclusion in the workplace is to “blind” the interview process. Names and photographs might be removed from applicant materials. Assessments might be performed at home rather than at the firm. By reducing the chance for bias, diversity and inclusion have a better opportunity to thrive.

    a group of employees representing diversity and inclusion
    How does your business define diversity?
  • Use a Diverse Interviewing Team – Just as it can help your business, having a variety of different interviewers can also help. In addition, this interview approach can showcase your commitment to applicants.
  • Critique Your Language and Communications – Believe it or not, the language you use during the hiring process can undermine diversity and inclusion. Companies like Textio will review language used in job descriptions and other communications to enhance your hiring process. Examining both written and verbal communications is thus important when it comes to hiring.
  • Broaden Networks and Pipelines – Don’t let your business get in a hiring rut. Expand your search for talent in unusual places. Alternative educational institutions, community events, and minority business are just a few considerations in this regard. It stands to reason that diversity and inclusion in the workplace developed by seeking talent from non-traditional sources.
  • Seek Reasons for Inclusion, Not Exclusion – Many hiring interviews often look for “red flags” that exclude a candidate for hire. Businesses should practice the opposite. Be flexible in your judgments and seek reasons for inclusion rather than exclusion. An applicant’s journey is often more valuable than specific success criteria. You will discover a diverse talent.

Removing Barriers to Diversity and Inclusion

For many companies, existing barriers in achieving diversity in the workplace pose significant challenges. Biases, habits, resistance to change, and a narrow focus all contribute to barriers. Business must be proactive in addressing these issues if they truly want to be a diverse and inclusive workplace. With this in mind, firms can take specific steps to remove barriers and embrace hiring strategies. With a committed, organized approach, businesses can attain true diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

a group of employees in an office meeting showing diversity and inclusion in the workplace
Identifying your business’ long-range vision is important for company growth.

Honeyfund—Turning Honeymoon Dreams (and More!) into Reality

Have you ever heard of a honeymoon registry? Couples often provide friends and families with wedding registry information, but this usually fails to cover honeymoon getaways. In fact, roughly half of all couples postpone honeymoon plans because of the cost or the inability to take off from work. Fortunately, Honeyfund provides a solution to this problem. It is a honeymoon registry platform providing couples with the means to make their honeymoon dreams come true!

Humble Beginnings as a Honeymoon Registry

According to Bold Business’ exclusive Synapse Summit interview with Sara Margulis, who founded Honeyfund with her husband, Josh, the concept arose from their own wedding experience. Through a simple website “registry” that Josh created, they collected more than $5,000 in honeymoon funds. Entrepreneurs at heart, the couple launched the company not long after as an online honeymoon registry platform. “Our wedding guests were so enthusiastic about what they had just done,” Sara describes, “They really wanted us to make it happen for other couples.”

Honeyfund basically works as a crowdfunding business where friends and families contribute funds toward a couple’s honeymoon registry. As Sara puts it, “We like to call it crowd-gifting rather than crowdfunding.”

Of course, the registry can collect funds for other things besides honeymoons. Wedding gifts, down payments, and charitable donations are just a few items often funded through a honeymoon registry. It didn’t take long for the Margulis’ to realize Honeyfund and its honeymoon registries were going to be a success.

How Does Honeyfund’s Honeymoon Registries Make Money?

a couple using HoneyFund and PlumFund
The Honeyfund registry captures more than a third of the honeymoon registry market.

First of all, Honeyfund is completely free to couples. Without fees or costs, couples sign up for a honeymoon registry page with it and customize their wish list. It provides links to universal gift registries and gift cards for honeymoon travel or other items. It also provides a free webpage where couples can provide details about their wedding and honeymoon. Guests then visit the couple’s Honeyfund honeymoon registry site and fund the items they choose from the couple’s wish list. The Honeyfund “funds” are then placed in the couple’s honeymoon registry account for future use.

With these free services, how does Honeyfund make money from its honeymoon registry platform? Some revenues for it come from cash transaction fees. If guests give cash through Paypal or WePay to the couple’s honeymoon registry, Honeyfund receives a percentage. It also has partnerships with several retailers and travel companies (including Target) that provides some revenues as well. Lastly, couples can pay Honeyfund a one-time “upgrade” fee to customize their honeymoon registry site with enhanced designs. So far, Honeyfund’s strategy has proven quite successful.

The Shark Tank Experience

With tremendous growth and success, Honeyfund needed to take the next step. The honeymoon registry platform already has attracted thousands of people. In fact, it had captured more than a third of the honeymoon registry market in just a few years. But to grow, the company needed major investments. The Margulis’s, therefore, approached the celebrity investors on Shark Tank to give their honeymoon registry business a chance to excel. The decision turned out to be just the right move.

With offers from three of the Shark Tank experts, Sara and Josh decided to go with Kevin O’Leary’s proposal. O’Leary has helped the couple strategically position themselves for ongoing success and helped them manage growth needs. In fact, it recently relocated from San Francisco, California, to Clearwater, Florida, because of its expansion. As Sara explains, “We needed to hire and hire pretty quickly, and that was very difficult to do in the shadow of Silicon Valley.” Honeyfund relocated to Clearwater in 2017 and has continued to grow its honeymoon registry business significantly.

Looking Ahead for Plumfund

With room to expand in their new Clearwater location, opportunities for Honeyfund’s growth seem limitless. One such growth opportunity for the company involves its new project, Plumfund. Like Honeyfund, Plumfund provides a free, crowdfunding platform for visitors to the site. But the funding possibilities that Plumfund provides are much broader. “Plumfund has really expanded over time into all kinds of crowdfunding,” Sara explains. “Baby and birthday funds, anniversaries, hardships, tragedies, and memorials are commonly funded on Plumfund.”

Honeyfund’s honeymoon registry services continue to allow couples to create the enchanting experience they desire. With most couples spending nearly $5,000 on their honeymoon, the company provides an inexpensive way to have that perfect, romantic getaway. And with new opportunities for “crowd-gifting,” Honeyfund is likely to enjoy even greater success. Indeed, Honeyfund’s future looks quite bright.

Champion of Women in Business and Tampa Bay

Sara Margulis is an advocate for women in business and is active promoting nationwide. Her passion for entrepreneurs is electric as is he desire to help women entrepreneurs raise money. This is clearly evident in this exclusive article from Bold Business providing advice to women in business on how they can raise money.

Sara and her husband Josh made the unlikely decision to move her thriving company from the Silicon Valley to Tampa Bay, Florida. While this may surprise many, it was a strategic move for her company.

Sarah Margulis, Co-founder and CEO of Honey Fund shares, “We really started to look at the possibility of moving the company here. And we did some research and we made the leap in 2017 and we couldn’t be more thrilled. We’re hiring so much faster than we could in Silicon Valley.” In fact, Entrepreneur cited the region as #2 in competing with Silicon Valley for Tech entrepreneurs and is the number one region in the country for women in business to flourish.

Honeyfund: Turning Honeymoon Dreams (And More!) Into Reality