Recruiters: Thanks in advance for your offer to help us find great people. If you can help us pro bono, that would be awesome, but we’re a tiny nonprofit and can’t allocate money to pay placement fees right now.
A lot of companies say, “We take diversity in hiring really seriously.” And we do, too. But it’s only a line on a website if we don’t follow it up with specific details about why we take diversity seriously, what our current situation is, and how we are specifically addressing it.
Inequality and exclusion are the defaults of industries like software development and medical devices. Without intentional effort, we will inherit those failings and worsen the problem. Building a diverse team is a moral imperative and we want to build a better business and product by bringing different perspectives to the table. We look for voices unlike our own because they are the only ones that help us grow.
We’ve shared our stance on diversity in our openly available Tidepool Employee Handbook, too.
Tidepool is a company devoted to helping the diabetes community. As a nonprofit on a mission, we’ve attracted employees that represent that community. Many of us in the Tidepool team either have diabetes or are caring for someone with diabetes. From that standpoint, we feel confident that we are supportive of people living with a chronic condition working here.
If you have a connection to candidates with diverse backgrounds, please encourage them to apply.