Inclusivity at the Start
By Sara Seckinger
For those who haven’t recently perused Patientco’s current job postings, you may have missed the new disclaimer at the bottom of each position description. It reads:
Research shows that women (and folks from other marginalized groups) apply to 20% fewer jobs than men because they feel like they need to meet 100% of the listed criteria. On the other hand, men are more likely to apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. If you think you have what it takes for this role, but don’t necessarily meet every single criteria, please get in touch with us. We’d love to chat and see if you could be a great fit.
Inspired by Patientco’s company-wide conversations on diversity, equity, and inclusion, Lauren Dailey authored the new disclaimer to ensure all candidates feel welcome and encouraged to apply, no matter their race, gender, age, or ethnicity. Patientco partnered with JustHealthCollective, a company that accelerates health equity and belonging, to facilitate the DE&I conversations on topics ranging from company culture to the product itself, and everything in between. These conversations provided Lauren (and the rest of Patientco) with actionable insights that she could implement into her daily life, like using inclusive language and practicing openness. Lauren took it one step further to share the fruits of these insightful conversations with Patientco’s entire candidate pool via the new disclaimer. After Lauren penned the announcement and attached it to a posting for a position on the product marketing team, our Talent Acquisition team took it one step further by approving the disclaimer for widespread distribution at the end of all new Patientco job postings.
Lauren hopes the disclaimer will encourage a more diverse candidate pool to apply for Patientco positions, even if they don’t feel that they check every single box of the job description. In fact, Patientco has already received positive feedback from applicants who cite the disclaimer as the reason they decided to apply. They explained that the thoughtful addition to the postings makes the company a more welcoming place for employees and applicants alike. During a conversation with one of our recruiters, one of our new candidates literally stated, “I wasn’t going to apply because I haven’t done everything in the job description, but then I saw the ‘Announcement’ at the bottom!”
Since becoming a “remote first” workplace, Patientco is looking beyond the confines of the metro Atlanta area to pursue the best-fitting candidates from all geographic regions. The addition of Lauren’s words to every future job posting actively broadens the candidate pool by affirming Patientco’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, which will lead to the next generation of talented Patientcoians.