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4 ways to recruit and retain a diverse work force

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DiversityInc magazine’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” is a list of employers that recruit and retain women and minority employees with perks just for them. Here are four best practices your organization might be able to adopt:

1. Life changes. PricewaterhouseCoopers pairs each pregnant employee with another mom who can answer her many questions about motherhood. The Mentoring Moms program “really helps them get through the hurdles,” says Barbara Frankel, senior vice president and executive editor of DiversityInc.

2. Time out.
Both Deloitte & Touche and PricewaterhouseCoopers offer on- and off-ramping for employees who want to take leave for extended periods. The firms assign a mentor to each employee on sabbatical so she can stay connected to the office, and they pay to keep professional certifications up to date.  

3. Inclusion.
IBM has foot-washing basins in some restrooms for Muslim employees who want to perform the ritual before daily prayers. American Express managers avoid scheduling lunch meetings during the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast between dawn and sunset.

4. Recruitment.
Many companies send minority recruiters to ethnic events. “If you’re going to a Latino event, you can supplement your recruiters with [Latino] employees,” says DiversityInc co-founder Luke Visconti. 

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