Where Are The African American recruiters? There seems to be a lack of diversity in many group photos of staffing agencies.

There seems to be a lack of Black and Brown skin in the management and recruitment level at many staffing agencies.  It took a minute before one could see the homogenized environment in which one walks into if one is a person of color.  If you look at many of the staff group pictures of various staffing agencies, you will not see one person of color or at the very least one or two with one of them being the receptionist.  There is nothing wrong with having a position as a receptionist since it is one of the most important position within a company because it is first voice of the company a client will hear when they call the company.

In case you missed it, there was a great deal of publicity generated recently when Google’s Laszlo Bock openly announced Google’s diversity numbers. Even Google was disappointed in them, but that shouldn’t be a surprise. Almost every major corporation struggles with meeting their diversity goals as a result of a poorly designed diversity recruiting effort that hasn’t changed much since the 1970s.

Researchers and government officials say hiring discrimination is a particular problem in the industry. Temp agencies face financial pressure to please their customers. Employers sometimes think they can get away with it if a temp agency does the dirty work for them. Temp workers, replaceable on a whim, are especially vulnerable. And with multiple companies intertwined, it’s hard to prove claims of discrimination. Continue reading “Where Are The African American recruiters? There seems to be a lack of diversity in many group photos of staffing agencies.”