Creating a culture of inclusion and growth amid remote/hybrid work

Ariela Douglas
May 4, 2022

If you ask most remote/hybrid employees, they may feel productive in their day-to-day, but potentially disconnected from DE&I efforts on the whole. It can be far too easy for teams to become siloed from one another, so how can HR leaders and managers create a place of work where everyone feels supported, connected and represented without a full time physical office? Keep reading to learn how the past, present, and future are all connected as it relates to ethical hiring.


Let’s lay the foundation for understanding why certain populations may not feel as included or represented at work. Historical bias has dictated that generally, specific populations are given preferential treatment when it comes to interviews, and eventually, job offers. Why is this important within the lens of remote/hybrid  company culture? The Great Resignation has allowed individuals to look at what they value in a company, and according to a recent Deloitte survey, 80% of workers surveyed say that inclusion is an important factor when choosing an employer. So not only is looking beyond pedigree and a self-reported resume the right thing to do, it’s your key to diversity of talent and thought.



This leads us to the present - what can HR do now to ensure that DE&I is woven into the fabric of what a business stands for?The answer is simple: soft skill assessments. The unfortunate truth about bias is that it occurs when one person is in charge of a decision, as humans hold conscious and subconscious biases. The great thing about soft skills is that they are evenly distributed among the population, meaning HR can just as easily find the soft skills needed to excel in a role among an incredibly large population. So rather than measuring ability as “high” or “low” like an IQ test, pymetrics assessments have no right or wrong answers – every profile is assessed based on fit to a specific role.Because we build custom models, there is no single definition of success.



Companies that make a commitment to adding the sophisticated data layer soft skill assessments can bring to their hiring process, are setting themselves up for success years to come. Ethical AI can assess the entire pipeline of candidates, unlike humans who may be short on time or have a tendency to focus their energy on a small group of candidates. 

With pymetrics' AI platform, HR can match talent to opportunities based on their soft skills, not just their resume, resulting in a more diverse workforce, reduced costs, and a better fit. For facts and figures into how soft skills assessments can reduce bias, check out our newest infographic!