EDI best practices for recruiting future-ready talent 

Emerging talent, or people new to the work force, have become a driving force for equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI) and anti-racism in the workplace. Emerging job seekers agree that EDI needs to be a priority for their future employers.

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Many organizations are seeing a steady rise in Generation Z employees—those born between 1996-2014. Like many co-op students, this emerging talent is the most diverse group of employees to ever hit the workforce.

To attract, engage and retain this emerging talent, organizations need to make EDI a priority. According to research from Waterloo’s Work-Learn Institute (WxL), organizations can do this through practices such as offering unconscious bias training, implementing blind recruitment practices and looking beyond Canadian experience and credential requirements. Organizations can also prioritize culturally sensitive policies, such as adopting gender-neutral language and providing space to recognize lived gender identity.


Learn more from Canada’s top diversity employers

Companies that prioritize EDI reap many benefits from emerging talent. Diverse teams are more innovative, likely to be more reflective of their customer base and can positively impact a company’s bottom line. The following employers were recognized among the 2021 best diversity employers by Mediacorp Canada. They each utilize EDI strategies that also help attract and retain next generation talent—like University of Waterloo co-op students:

The impact of Gen Z’s social awareness can be seen in the workplace. In a recent Monster survey, 83 per cent of Gen Z candidates said that a company’s commitment to fostering inclusion is important when choosing an employer. A resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement and recognition of issues of systemic racism has led to more focus on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-racism.

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