Words matter—especially for employers aiming to recruit the diverse workforce they need to innovate and thrive in a changing world.
Take, for example, the word “execute.” For many, the word seems like a neutral way to talk about taking action on a project. Yet if a promising job candidate associates the word with violence or capital punishment instead, whether consciously or subconsciously, they may scroll past a job posting that would be an excellent fit for them. Then everyone loses out: the company, the candidate, and innovation overall.
While Booz Allen has long taken steps to remove bias and non-inclusive language from job descriptions, the firm has recently adopted a new technology that gives the process more standardization and rigor. Read on for highlights from a recent article in Booz Allen’s "Unstoppable Together" magazine.