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    • Team Member Resource Groups

      Company Level: Mid-size employer (250-1000 total employees)Type: Implementation

      Team Member Resource Groups (TMRG) are groups of team members who share a common interest to help support the business. They can be used to Recruit, Retain, Engage, and Grow talent.

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      • recruitment
      • retention
      • staff development
      • staff engagement
    • Spectrum Health | Inclusion Resource Group Guiding Principles

      Company Level: Mid-size employer (250-1000 total employees)Type: Informational and Implementation

      At Spectrum Health, Inclusion Resource Groups (IRGs) are employee-led and are formed around common demographics, characteristics or shared interests. They foster a more inclusive work environment, advance business objectives, provide professional development opportunities for members, strengthen brand reputation, and much more.

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      • employee resource groups
      • inclusion resource groups
      • business resource groups
      • employee diversity councils
      • employee affinity networks
      • professional development
      • organizational culture
    • Together We Make Things Happen: EY Professional Networks Guide

      Company Level: Large employer (over 1000 total employees)Type: Implementation

      EY provides an example of how to implement professional networks within an organization. EY professional networks are organizations formed around a shared set of interests, experiences or perspectives.  Professional networks help us to be diverse, in part by serving as an important recruiting tool. But they also make EY inclusive. While networks support firm diversity and inclusiveness goals, they also help members individually to learn about differences as well as each other and on the basis of shared interest in those differences.

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      • employee affinity networks
      • inclusion resource group
      • professional development
      • organizational culture
      • professional network
      • recruitment
    • Talent 2025 | Leading Practices for Hiring Returning Citizens

      Company Level: Any SizeType: Implementation

      West Michigan employers should take advantage of the opportunity to hire returning citizens and reconsider restrictive policies they have against hiring people with criminal histories. This practice addresses a variety of problems for employers and communities alike. This report highlights leading practices for how to hire from this talent pool.

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      • recruitment
      • returning citizens
      • best practices
      • hiring practices
    • MDOC: Vocational Village

      Company Level: Any SizeType: Implementation


      The Vocational Village is a first-of-its-kind skilled trades training program that aims to provide a positive learning community for prisoners who are serious about completing career and technical education.

      The Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia (1728 W Bluewater Hwy, Ionia, MI 48846) has a skills training program for prisoners nearing the end of their incarceration period in order to provide them career readiness skills. Inmates in good standing are able to apply and be selected for the program. Over a 12-month period, the inmates complete formal classroom and hands on “lab style” training in programs such as the following: Electrical, Carpentry, Plumbing, Welding, CNC Programming, Robotics, CDL/Forklift, Masonry and Auto Repair. They also receive training in job readiness skills such as teamwork, communication, interviewing, etc.

      As they near the end of their incarceration term, they are available for interviews and placement into a career. Employers can work with an Employment Counselor by contacting the center at (616)-527-3100 ext. 5273-472 to conduct interviews onsite or schedule them for post release interviews. Returning Citizens can receive help with transportation and housing post release through the Ionia Village to help ensure they have a strong start.

       Employers who hire Returning Citizens may be eligible for the Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

      If you would like more information on the West Michigan employers engaged in hiring Returning Citizens or employer information on how to best integrate Returning Citizens, you can check out The National Reentry Resource Center at https://csgjusticecenter.org/n...

       

       

      Michigan Dept. of Corrections – Vocational Village Link

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      • recruitment
      • returning citizens
      • skilled trades
      • sourcing
    • If there is only one woman in your candidate pool there is statistically no chance she’ll be hired.

      Company Level: Any SizeType: Informational

      Despite the ever-growing business case for diversity, roughly 85% of board members and executives are white men. Harvard Business Review conducted three studies to examine what happens when you change the status quo among finalists for a job position and shares the results in this article.

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      • recruitment
      • be hired
      • hiring process
    • 5 Strategies to Interrupt Unconscious Bias in Your Hiring Process

      Company Level: Any SizeType: Implementation

      This recruitment article introduces two types of bias that are common in hiring and strategies that will assist HR and talent acquisition to hire the best candidate available for a vacancy, regardless of gender, race, disability or age.

      5 Strategies to Interrupt Unconscious Bias in Your Hiring Process Link

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      • recruitment
      • hiring process
      • unconscious bias
      • best practices
    • Want more workforce diversity? Erase the jargon from your job descriptions.

      Company Level: Any SizeType: Implementation

      Many companies, especially in industries like tech and finance, struggle to increase the number of minorities and women in their ranks—even while consciously trying to close the race or gender gap. Business and tech slang make up a good portion of the words and phrases that commonly turn off diverse candidates. Software could be a solution.

      Want more workforce diversity? Erase the jargon from your job descriptions - Link

      TAGS

      • HR analytics
      • job descriptions
      • talent attraction
      • increase diversity
      • recruitment
    • MiCareer Quest

      Company Level: Any SizeType: Implementation

      MiCareerQuest is annual event held in the Spring and it offers 8,000+ area students the opportunity to connect with employers in four growing industries in West Michigan: Construction, Advanced Manufacturing, Health Care and Information Technology.  The event allows employers to showcase their industry and career opportunities and paths to a diverse population of students in Middle and High School from across multiple counties in West Michigan. Companies participate to help build a long-term pipeline of diverse talent for future career openings.

      https://www.micareerquest.org/

      TAGS

      • recruitment
      • MiCareer Quest
      • community engagement
      • education
    • Employer & Student Partnerships at Kent and Ottawa Intermediate School District

      Company Level: Any SizeType: Implementation

      The Kent and Ottawa Intermediate School Districts  have a variety programs targeted at increasing student awareness around post high school careers and education and connecting employers with students to allow employers to educate students on potential career paths.

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      TAGS

      • pipeline building