Sue Brooks, Cielo Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Europe, contributed an article this week to HRreview, a global news and information resource for HR and talent professionals. The article, Sue Brooks: HR Lessons from Wimbledon – Murray Goes for Diversity, discusses the significance of world-renowned professional tennis player, Andy Murray, hiring a female coach—specifically, former Wimbledon Ladies’ Champion Amelie Mauresmo.
As Sue explains, “The fact that such a bold move has been so well received within the tennis world shows us that sports may well be making a major step with regards to diversity.” The tennis community has embraced diversity, according to Sue, and HR teams as well as organizational leaders must likewise create a culture that embraces diverse hiring and talent management.
Excerpts from the article:
While it may be commonplace for female tennis players to be coached by men, it is still extremely rare (if not quite unheard of) to have a female coach on the men’s tour. The fact that such a bold move has been so well received within the tennis world shows us that sport may well be making a major step with regards to diversity.
The challenge of integrating people from different backgrounds into corporate teams is never ending in the HR world. Although HR professionals fully recognize the importance of diversity, they must ensure that every “different” hire is entering an environment that is ready to accept them. If it’s not, the newcomer will struggle to communicate their ideas, however positive they may be.
It is vital that a business’ HR strategy does not take the “Tokenism” route – whereby an organization hires members of different genders, ages and nationalities simply for the sake of satisfying diversity quotas – and that all employees are able to contribute to the development of the business.
Having a diverse workforce for the sake of [diversity] may get you some PR points, but unless you can find diverse talent that contributes new ideas, it is unlikely to [positively] impact your business.
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