Commitment to Diversity
Attracting a Diverse, Well Qualified Pool of Candidates
ATHENA takes seriously our efforts to hire a diverse range of people who are applying for our job positions. To meet the goals of our efforts, ATHENA uses several different and innovative techniques during our recruitment and hiring processes. These include:
1. Use of Pro-Diversity Job Advertisements
ATHENA makes sure that all our recruiting advertisements speak to a wide range of candidates. We use language that is appealing to candidates from various backgrounds. At times, our advertisements are written with specific demographics in mind. This is one element to help us boost our diversity recruiting strategy.
2. Identify Recruitment Resources Where Diverse Candidates Congregate
To obtain a greater diverse candidate pool, ATHENA sources for our employees from a wide range of places. We vary these sources according to the job position we are seeking to fill. At ATHENA we do not rely on the same sources over and over again when seeking out new candidates. We realize that focusing on only the same sources can result in a talent pool of similar candidates. This leads to a lack of diversity.
3. ATHENA Encourages Our Diverse Employees to Refer Their Connections
ATHENA understands that members of our diverse team have networks of people with similar backgrounds to them. As a result, we have a robust candidate referral program. This supports our diversity recruitment strategy. Our current employees are encouraged to share our job ads with their networks. For candidates our employees refer to ATHENA who are ultimately hired, the team member is monetarily awarded.
4. Diverse Corporate Team
ATHENA’s corporate team is diverse and unified. ATHENA is a woman-owned business started by Ms. Melissa Pappas in July 2002. The diverse composition of our corporate team consists of both females and males and from all races. This diversity includes African American, Asian, White, and Hispanic. Having this workforce diversity internally promotes a focus on recruiting a diverse workforce.