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Blind Hiring: How Effective Is It in Building a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace?

September 03, 2021

Blind hiring is a recruitment technique which ’blinds’ a candidate’s socio-demographic and personal information from the recruiting manager, which otherwise may lead to biased hiring decisions. The first blind hiring experiment was reportedly carried out in Boston Symphony Orchestra in the 1950s when musicians started to audition behind a screen, hiding their gender. Blind auditioning led to an increase in the number of female musicians in major symphony orchestras in the US. The number jumped to more than 25% in the 1990s from less than 5% in 1970. Many recruiters have their own set of beliefs about what a ‘good’ candidate would be like. Our unconscious bias about a candidate’s gender, age, the school they attended, their ethnicity and so on, often results in discriminatory hiring practices because these usually don’t correlate with actual ... View Post

Achieving Greater Gender Diversity in Corporate India

August 13, 2021

This article by Hetal Parikh, Rangam Co-founder & President, was originally published on LinkedIn.Quotas for at least a minimum representation of women on corporate boards have emerged as a key tool for policymakers to implement gender equality in the workplace. The movement started in 2003 when Norway mandated 40% reservation for women in corporate boards. Austria, Finland, Spain, Iceland, Israel, France, Kenya, Belgium, Italy, Germany, and Portugal followed suit through their ... View Post

5 Ways Neurodiversity Can Boost Your Business

August 09, 2021

Businesses are comprising neurodiverse talents to boost their productivity, creativity, and culture. FTSE-listed corporations such as Ernst & Young, Microsoft, Ford, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have reported gains in productivity since they have embedded neurodiverse talents in their HR programs. In the age of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I), neurodiversity is a competitive advantage. According to a study by University of Montreal and Harvard University, individuals ... View Post

Neurodiversity Hiring: Challenges and Beyond

July 21, 2021

This article by Nish Parikh, Rangam Co-founder & CEO, was originally published on LinkedIn. Even though several major companies have launched large-scale neurodiversity hiring programs over the past five years, the number of hires still represents a minuscule percentage of the overall neurodivergent population ready to work. In 2020, six of the world’s leading employers in IT, financial, and professional services sectors managed to hire fewer than 800 neurodivergent ... View Post

India Can Become a Neurodiverse Superpower: Panchali Banerjee

July 13, 2021

India, in the years ahead, will be in a position to showcase itself as a neurodiverse (ND) superpower, believes Panchali Banerjee. A senior behavioural training consultant, Panchali has designed and delivered training modules across all industry verticals. She is also the cofounder of Orchvate. Speaking to Dhara Chandramouli, director of digital marketing, Rangam Consultants, in a weekly chat show about ND and employment, Panchali said that she has seen a lot of positive changes in the ... View Post

Creative People Have the Ability to Empathize: Parasuram Ramamoorthi

June 22, 2021

People who are creative and imaginative have the ability to empathize, believes Parasuram Ramamoorthi, founder of Velvi. Ramamoorthi has been working with neurodivergent people for the past two decades. “People with autism can paint, write poetry, and perform on stage. If this isn’t imagination, then imagination has to be redefined,” he says. Speaking to Nish Parikh, Rangam CEO, in a weekly chat show on empathy and inclusion, Ramamoorthi said, “Some people attending ... View Post

Creative People Have the Ability to Empathize: Parasuram Ramamoorthi

June 22, 2021

People who are creative and imaginative have the ability to empathize, believes Parasuram Ramamoorthi, founder of Velvi. Ramamoorthi has been working with neurodivergent people for the past two decades. “People with autism can paint, write poetry, and perform on stage. If this isn’t imagination, then imagination has to be redefined,” he says. Speaking to Nish Parikh, Rangam CEO, in a weekly chat show on empathy and inclusion, Ramamoorthi said, “Some people attending ... View Post