As we’ve seen over the past year, the world of work is always changing — and often in surprising and unpredictable ways. But despite this, companies will continue to adapt, evolve and thrive in an ever-shifting hiring landscape.

With this thought in mind, Indeed Interactive went virtual this year for the first time to explore the theme Hire Potential: Reimagine Recruiting in the New World of Work. With thousands in attendance from all over the globe, we gathered together thought leaders, CEOs and other experts to share their thoughts on what it means to reimagine recruiting. 

Indeed Interactive may be over for 2021, but the questions we asked and the insights we uncovered remain as relevant as ever. And with all the change we’ve experienced, we asked three of our Indeed speakers the following question: What is your biggest hope for the future of hiring?

Carmen Bryant

We’ve faced many challenges this past year — a global pandemic, economic hardship and racial injustice, to name a few — but we’ve also learned many lessons and experienced plenty of growth.

“I really hope we don’t go back to where we were before all of this happened and that we were able to learn something from it,” says Carmen Bryant, Director of U.S. Marketing at Indeed. 

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, the need for improved diversity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace has become clearer than ever. 

When it comes to the future of hiring, Carmen hopes for an environment that goes beyond inclusive initiatives and instead focuses on taking action toward change.

“I hope that job seekers can show up as they are in their true diversity and complexity and be appreciated by organizations — and that companies lean into that and really value that.”

Chela White-Ramsey

The theme of inclusion was also on the mind of Chela White-Ramsey, Senior Manager of Training and Development, Client Engagement. When asked about her biggest hope for the future of hiring, Chela emphasizes the importance of thinking about equity in addition to diversity.

“I would love to see a more equitable approach to hiring. I think right now there is a focus on diversity and that's important, but without equity, that process is futile,” says Chela.

Equity is defined as “the quality of being fair and impartial” — so how can that apply to hiring? Chela believes the key to an equitable hiring approach is transparency and keeping unconscious bias in check.

“I think about equitable hiring, and I think that means being transparent about things like salary — explicitly listing a salary range in the job posting, checking our individual unconscious bias and really searching for ways unconscious bias is showing up in our hiring process.”

Danny Stacy

Unconscious bias was also on the mind of Danny Stacy, Senior Recruitment Evangelist, and he believes uncovering unconscious bias means going beyond our own thoughts.

“(It’s) thinking about the unconscious biases that exist within not just the way we think but within the strategies, within the ways we go about our business — thinking about those very carefully and ensuring that we are treating everyone equally,” he says.

Danny hopes a focus on equity carries through not only the talent attraction process but through the talent development process as well.

“My biggest hope for the future of hiring is that we just see equity throughout the entirety of the process, not just actually in terms of how we attract talent but, once we've got them, how we retain them, how we develop them, how we reward them.”

The future of hiring is bright

Nobody knows exactly what life has in store. But as we reimagine recruiting in this new hiring landscape, together we can all work toward a more inclusive future of hiring — and a place where every hire can live up to their full potential.