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Pixar Just Captured Why Companies Still Struggle With Workplace Diversity

Check out Purl and her story covering diversity and inclusion. This @DisneyPixar short reminds us that we can always make an effort to welcome new employees.


Pixar highlights two long-running complaints about male-dominated industries like tech and venture capital being behind when hiring diverse teams and publically reporting those figures, two things HR managers say are key to preventing toxic or alienating work cultures.


Purl  (a fuzzy pink ball of yarn) experiences another challenge that plagues employers: the failure to properly onboard new employees--especially one who doesn't resemble the rest of the team. The person assigned to greet Purl on her first day at B.R.O. Capital spends most of his time checking sports stats, gawking at her, and eventually texting his pals about the new recruit instead of introducing her. Watch Purl's complete experience on YouTube.


This can do a lot of damage in the first few days when a new employee wants and needs to be acclimated to the mission, vision and culture of the company and integrated into their team. Early turnover is a common issue. Replacing an employee can cost anywhere from 50%-60% of his or her annual salary, according to research cited by the Society of Human Resource Management. The lack of effective onboarding is a major reason why companies lose 17% of their new hires within the first three months and why 20% of all staff turnover occurs within 45 days of employment.


The talent market is incredibly competitive right now. Job openings are at a high not seen since the early 2000s, and the unemployment rate is the lowest its been since 1969. As we move toward 2019, it’s more important than ever to focus on retaining the talent you’ve worked so hard to recruit for our organizations.


Contact RothmeyerRothmeyer.com to see how we can assist you with your employee onboarding and integration needs.



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