The pandemic presented significant challenges this past year. Many employees had to live and work at home while socially distanced from close family and friends. Companies also had to adjust by moving to remote work environments to keep employees safe while still responding to issues surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion. Despite the perceived downsides, business disruption and the challenges that come with remote working present numerous opportunities for innovation.
There is no question that COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on the way people live and work. Remote work appears to be the new normal, making recruiters pivot where and how they source talent. As the demand for diverse talent increases, companies must expand beyond their normal avenues to find qualified candidates but also reflect on internal practices to retain diverse employees. The truth is that the opportunities presented by having a remote workforce actually increase the available talent pool in a number of ways.
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