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Hire Potential with Indeed

Erin Waddell, Strategic Insights Consultant and D&I Evangelist of Australia, at Indeed dives into the way some of Australia’s most innovative leaders and companies are working to build welcoming workplaces that are diverse, inclusive, accessible, and open to all employees. Hire Potential with Indeed explores what obstacles and opportunities companies of all sizes are currently facing to find and hire top talent, and how we can learn from each other to create the best opportunities for job seekers and our employees.

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    Welcome to Hire Potential with Indeed.

    A welcoming workplace is built from the ground up, with attention to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and openness. But, the way different leaders and companies approach this is full of grey areas, uncertainty, and quite often, fear.

    Hire Potential with Indeed is here to discuss the process through the most powerful channel possible: conversations. Groundbreaking ones, too; with some of the most innovative minds in the Australian and global labour space, including Marcelle Harrison – Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Kmart Group, Jacqui Bainbridge – Head of Indigenous Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion, Sodexo and Madeline Hill – General Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Randstad. 

    Download Indeed’s Diversity & Inclusion Report

    Reach out to Indeed for assistance with your D&I strategy

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    Sources: The research in the report referenced in this episode was commissioned by ThatComms Co on behalf of Indeed and conducted by YouGov. The study was conducted online between 11 – 17 February 2021, involving 2,060 working age Australians (aged between 18-64) currently in either full or part-time employment, or actively looking for work.
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  • Episode 1

    01: What Your Employees Really Think About Your DI&B Initiatives

    with Marcelle Harrison – Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Kmart Group

    “Ultimately, inclusion should be integrated into every area of the business” Marcelle Harrison – Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Kmart Group

    Welcome to the first episode of Hire Potential with Indeed. In this episode, we discuss ‘What Your Employees Really Think About Your DI&B Initiatives.’ New extensive research by Indeed has revealed a substantial disconnect between Australian workers’ perception of how minority groups are treated in the workplace, and the lived experience of these groups.  

    Indeed’s Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Survey also showed that while 84% of working Australians recognise the importance of promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, 80% feeling proud to work for their employer and 60% say they work somewhere that employs a diverse workforce; almost one in ten say that since COVID-19 their workplaces have become worse at promoting diversity and inclusion. Furthermore, 62% of the working population admit to concealing parts of their identity when at work. 

    Joining us to discuss this is Marcelle Harrison – Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Kmart Group, who leads inclusive workplace practice across Kmart, Target, and Catch. 

    Download Indeed’s Diversity & Inclusion Report

    Reach out to Indeed for assistance with your D&I strategy

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    Sources: Indeed is the world’s #1 job site according to Comscore, Total Visits, March 2021. 
    Sources: The research in the report referenced in this episode was commissioned by ThatComms Co on behalf of Indeed and conducted by YouGov. The study was conducted online between 11 – 17 February 2021, involving 2,060 working age Australians (aged between 18-64) currently in either full or part-time employment, or actively looking for work.
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  • Episode 2

    02: Welcoming Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples

    with Jacqui Bainbridge – Head of Indigenous Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion, Sodexo

    “I feel that, across the nation, one of the biggest barriers for indigenous employment… during Covid and a post-Covid world, is actually around rates of incarceration… ” – Jacqui Bainbridge, Head of Indigenous Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion at Sodexo.

    Welcome to the second episode of Hire Potential with Indeed. In this week’s episode, we’ll be discussing ‘Welcoming Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples.’ 

    While many organisations may think they have nailed their diversity and inclusion initiatives, their employees tell a completely different story. In their latest survey conducted in February 2021, Indeed uncovered that one in ten working Australians believe that COVID-19 has made their organisations worse at managing diversity and inclusion (9%). This is even higher among working Australians from minority backgrounds, such as workers from a cultural or ethnic minority (15%) and almost a fifth of working Indigenous Australians (19%).

    Both The Peers Project and Indeed recognise that there is still a lot of work to be done to create a truly welcoming and inclusive work environment for First Nations Peoples. Conversations like these are a start.

    To discuss these troubling stats, we are joined by Jacqui Bainbridge, Head of Indigenous Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion at Sodexo, to learn more about what companies can do to offer Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples opportunities for sustainable employment, career development, training, support, and culturally sensitive work environments.

    Download Indeed’s Diversity & Inclusion Report

    Reach out to Indeed for assistance with your D&I strategy

    Follow Indeed on LinkedIn

    Follow Indeed on Twitter

    Follow our producers, The Peers Project

    Sources: Indeed is the world’s #1 job site according to Comscore, Total Visits, March 2021.
    Sources: Over 250 million unique visitors every month, Google Analytics, Unique Visitors, February 2020.
    Sources: The research in the report referenced in this episode was commissioned by ThatComms Co on behalf of Indeed and conducted by YouGov. The study was conducted online between 11 – 17 February 2021, involving 2,060 working age Australians (aged between 18-64) currently in either full or part-time employment, or actively looking for work.
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  • Episode 3

    03: Avoiding Tokenistic Hires

    with Madeline Hill – General Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Randstad Australia

    “I think it is about intent and authenticity” – Madeline Hill, General Manager, Diversity and Inclusion at Randstad Australia

    Welcome back to Hire Potential with Indeed. In this week’s episode, we’ll be discussing ‘Avoiding Tokenistic Hires.’ 

    Diversity in the workplace refers to an organisation that intentionally employs a workforce composed of individuals of varying gender, religion, race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, education, and other attributes.

    According to Indeed’s 2021 D&I report, while 81% of working Australians believe that people from a different ethnic or cultural background are treated equally where they work, only 73% of workers from a cultural or ethnic minority group agree, with one in five (21%) feeling that they are not treated equally at work.

    While it is important for companies to not only instate but also act upon their diversity and inclusion recruiting initiatives, it’s even more crucial to not treat D&I as an item to check off on a to-do list. For this discussion, we are defining tokenism as “the practice of doing something (such as hiring a person who belongs to a minority group) only to prevent criticism and give the appearance that people are being treated fairly.”

    Along with our guest Madeline Hill, General Manager – Diversity and Inclusion at Randstad Australia, in this episode, we dive deep into what tokenism can look like in the workplace, how it can be harmful to your employees, and what employers need to start doing today to help avoid tokenistic hires and truly build a diverse, inclusive, and belonging workplace.

    Download Indeed’s Diversity & Inclusion Report

    Reach out to Indeed for assistance with your D&I strategy

    Follow Indeed on LinkedIn

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    Follow our producers, The Peers Project

    Sources: Indeed is the world’s #1 job site according to Comscore, Total Visits, March 2021.
    Sources: Over 250 million unique visitors every month, Google Analytics, Unique Visitors, February 2020.
    Sources: The research in the report referenced in this episode was commissioned by ThatComms Co on behalf of Indeed and conducted by YouGov. The study was conducted online between 11 – 17 February 2021, involving 2,060 working age Australians (aged between 18-64) currently in either full or part-time employment, or actively looking for work.
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  • Episode 4

    04: Supporting Employees’ Mental Wellbeing

    with Jennifer Jones – HR Business Partner, Inclusion & Diversity Lead ANZ, AstraZeneca

    “To create a truly inclusive workplace now and in the future is to get human. The one thing that we have in common is that we’re all human” – Jennifer Jones – HR Business Partner, Inclusion & Diversity Lead ANZ, AstraZeneca

    Welcome back to Hire Potential with Indeed. In this week’s episode, we’ll be discussing ‘Supporting Employees’ Mental Wellbeing.’

    There’s no doubt that the pandemic has had a huge impact on the mental health of workers across Australia. In our recent survey, we found that 31% of workers in Australia have felt increasingly lonely over the past year – and that number only gets bigger amongst minority groups.

    Further, the Australian Human Rights Commission found that at least 45% of Australians aged between 16 and 85 will experience a mental illness at some point in their life, while one in five Australian adults will experience a mental illness in any given year.

    With many employees spending 1/3 of their lives at work, unhealthy workplaces can quickly harm workers’ mental wellbeing. So organisations must start taking the necessary steps to facilitate a healthy and safe workplace for all their employees.

    In this episode, along with our guest Jennifer Jones – HR Business Partner, Inclusion & Diversity Lead ANZ at AstraZeneca, we’ll be discussing the very important topic of supporting employees’ mental wellbeing in the workplace, plus the ramifications of the pandemic on our mental health, and what employers can do to help support their employees’ not just on R U OK? Day, but every day of the year.

    Download Indeed’s Diversity & Inclusion Report

    Reach out to Indeed for assistance with your D&I strategy

    Follow Indeed on LinkedIn

    Follow Indeed on Twitter

    Follow our producers, The Peers Project

    Sources: Indeed is the world’s #1 job site according to Comscore, Total Visits, March 2021.
    Sources: Over 250 million unique visitors every month, Google Analytics, Unique Visitors, February 2020.
    Sources: The research in the report referenced in this episode was commissioned by ThatComms Co on behalf of Indeed and conducted by YouGov. The study was conducted online between 11 – 17 February 2021, involving 2,060 working age Australians (aged between 18-64) currently in either full or part-time employment, or actively looking for work.
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  • Episode 5

    05: What’s Intersectionality In The Workplace?

    with Anu Wettasinghe, Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing Manager, QBE Insurance

    “To break down the barriers it’s critical to firstly to recognise the diversity that exists with all the different groups we might classify people in” – Anu Wettasinghe, Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing Manager, QBE Insurance

    Welcome back to Hire Potential with Indeed. In this week’s episode, we’ll be discussing ‘What’s Intersectionality In The Workplace.’

    In many workplaces, the term intersectionality is becoming more popular in discussions of diversity and inclusion. But many employers aren’t sure what it means — or why it matters in their workplace.

    Kimberlé Crenshaw, a professor of Law at Columbia University and UCLA, coined the term almost 30 years ago in the context of social justice. Crenshaw argued that anti-racist movements were framed around Black men, while feminist movements centered around white women. Both movements overlooked the unique challenges faced by Black women and therefore further isolated them.

    In a nutshell, intersectionality is the idea that people have more than one identity – and how those identities are inherently combined. Many HR approaches to building equality tend to focus on one type of discrimination at a time. But people themselves aren’t one-dimensional.

    In this episode, along with our guest Anu Wettasinghe, Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing Manager at QBE Insurance, we aim to forge a better understanding of why intersectionality in the workplace is crucial to your D&I efforts, and how without it, your employees may not truly feel supported and included at your organization.

    Download Indeed’s Diversity & Inclusion Report

    Reach out to Indeed for assistance with your D&I strategy

    Follow Indeed on LinkedIn

    Follow Indeed on Twitter

    Follow our producers, The Peers Project

    Sources: Indeed is the world’s #1 job site according to Comscore, Total Visits, March 2021.
    Sources: Over 250 million unique visitors every month, Google Analytics, Unique Visitors, February 2020.
    Sources: The research in the report referenced in this episode was commissioned by ThatComms Co on behalf of Indeed and conducted by YouGov. The study was conducted online between 11 – 17 February 2021, involving 2,060 working age Australians (aged between 18-64) currently in either full or part-time employment, or actively looking for work.
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  • Episode 6

    06: Using Pronouns and Other Gender-Inclusive Language in the Office

    with Alisha Taylor-Jones, Diversity and Inclusion Partner, Australia Post

    “Inclusive language is an ongoing process in organisations because language is continuously evolving ” – Alisha Taylor-Jones, Diversity and Inclusion Partner, Australia Post

    Welcome back to Hire Potential with Indeed. In this week’s episode, we’ll be discussing ‘Using Pronouns and Other Gender-Inclusive Language in the Office.’

    There are many components of creating a workplace that is affirming of transgender and non-binary people, but one of the most important pieces comes down to a few small words, such as ‘he,’ ‘she’ and ‘they.’ Pronouns are one of the most common ways that people are referred to by their gender and therefore provides one of the greatest opportunities to help honor someone’s gender identity. While the words may be small, their impact is profound.

    Even in the most supportive of environments, many transgender and gender non-conforming individuals are still experiencing uncomfortable conversations with their colleagues, especially around the topic of pronouns. Small tweaks in your workplace can lead to better communication and recognition for everyone – helping all your employees bring their true selves to work.

    In this episode we are joined by Alisha Taylor-Jones, Diversity and Inclusion Partner at Australia Post, to help us better understand exactly how pronouns fit into an affirming workplace culture and how all members of the organisation—at all levels—can participate in supporting transgender and non-binary employees.

    Download Indeed’s Diversity & Inclusion Report

    Reach out to Indeed for assistance with your D&I strategy

    Follow Indeed on LinkedIn

    Follow Indeed on Twitter

    Follow our producers, The Peers Project

    Sources: Indeed is the world’s #1 job site according to Comscore, Total Visits, March 2021.
    Sources: Over 250 million unique visitors every month, Google Analytics, Unique Visitors, February 2020.
    Sources: The research in the report referenced in this episode was commissioned by ThatComms Co on behalf of Indeed and conducted by YouGov. The study was conducted online between 11 – 17 February 2021, involving 2,060 working age Australians (aged between 18-64) currently in either full or part-time employment, or actively looking for work.
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  • Episode 7

    07: How to Create an Inclusive Working Environment for all Cultures and Beliefs

    with Alex Wilson, Oceania Diversity and Inclusiveness Leader, EY

    “When people feel comfortable to bring their full self to work and live out their faith at work, then we can create strong communities that support and nourish a sense of belonging.” –  Alex Wilson, Oceania Diversity and Inclusiveness Leader at EY

    Welcome back to Hire Potential with Indeed. In this week’s episode, we’ll be discussing ‘How to Create an Inclusive Working Environment for all Cultures and Beliefs’.

    With 61% of people in Australia affiliated with a religion or spiritual belief, and 29% being born outside of Australia, it’s important to include faith, religion, and cultural practices into your D&I policies. Australia’s rich multiculturalism means there are a large number of faiths, cultures, and beliefs practiced in the country, and likely, in your office as well.

    In this episode, we’re joined by Alex Wilson, Oceania Diversity and Inclusiveness Leader at EY, to discuss why it is increasingly important for businesses to acknowledge the religious, spiritual, and cultural needs of their employees, and what steps they can start taking today to build a truly inclusive workplace environment for everyone.

    Download Indeed’s Diversity & Inclusion Report

    Reach out to Indeed for assistance with your D&I strategy

    Follow Indeed on LinkedIn

    Follow Indeed on Twitter

    Follow our producers, The Peers Project

    Sources: Indeed is the world’s #1 job site according to Comscore, Total Visits, March 2021.
    Sources: Over 250 million unique visitors every month, Google Analytics, Unique Visitors, February 2020.
    Sources: The research in the report referenced in this episode was commissioned by ThatComms Co on behalf of Indeed and conducted by YouGov. The study was conducted online between 11 – 17 February 2021, involving 2,060 working age Australians (aged between 18-64) currently in either full or part-time employment, or actively looking for work.
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Podcast Host

Erin Waddell

Strategic Insights Consultant and D&I Evangelist of Australia at Indeed

Erin Waddell has been with Indeed since 2016, and is a Strategic Insights Consultant and D&I Evangelist for Australia. She focuses on helping clients and job seekers understand how to get the most out of their partnership with Indeed. She has worked in the recruitment industry for five years. Erin is originally from the US, but has called Australia home for almost a decade.

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