Retaining Personnel of Color

As stated earlier in the Personnel section, there are plenty of costs involved with replacing staff once they leave an organization. And, there are plenty of reasons why people leave organizations.

In many cases, people leave for better-paying positions, new challenges, and so on.

Sometimes people leave because they feel that they have not been treated with respect.

Good management practices have a positive effect throughout the organization, including on the retention of staff of color. Good management techniques will help identify and minimize the degree to which bias influences managers' decisions and their treatment of people from diverse backgrounds. Conversely, ineffective managers can sometimes unknowingly exacerbate cultural tensions in the workplace.

For example, ineffective managers may have challenges with communicating, or they may unknowingly make remarks that offend people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Policies also have an effect on retention. See Employment Policies below.


Overview: Personnel 

Benefits of Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Staff 

Costs of Unsuccessful Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Staff 

Setting Goals for Staff Composition 

Position Descriptions/Job Qualifications 

Announcing and Advertising Personnel Openings 

Interviewing and Selecting Candidates 

Performance Reviews 

Professional Development 

Exit Interview Process  

Employment Policies