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Diversity talent acquisition and development

A Message from Erika Hopkins Foreman, SPHR, Director, Workplace Relations, Inclusion & Diversity

Erika Hopkins

“At Staples, we see the power of diversity as a competitive advantage and strive to realize its full potential by leveraging the unique talents and strengths of our associates. When diversity is enabled by a culture of inclusion, associates feel respected and valued, allowing them to perform at their peak every single day, resulting in better innovation, idea generation and organizational performance.”

Recognizing the value diversity brings to our organization, at Staples we strive to build a dynamic and talented team of associates across all diversity dimension – culture, race, gender, sexual orientation and more. By combining a diverse workforce with a culture of inclusion, our hope is that each and every associate will be encouraged to contribute to their full potential. This is not only in line with our values but it is the key in helping us achieve more together.

What are some of the things we are doing to attract diverse talent?

  • We currently post all of our openings to dozens of niche job sites focused on diversity.
  • We post to hundreds of colleges and universities, many of which are historically diverse.
  • We partner with organizations that specialize in recruiting diverse talent for our openings.
  • We collaborate with our Associate Resource Groups to encourage referrals.

What are some of the things we are doing to develop and retain diverse talent?

We currently offer training and tools through various programs across the organization: Staples University, Rising Stars, Internships, Succession Planning…to name a few. We also aim to establish connections and help associates achieve their personal and professional goals through participation in our Associate Resource Groups and Mentoring program.

Another important component is the ongoing leadership training to provide our supervisors and managers with the information and tools they need to create a culture of inclusion and collaboration.

What next?

We encourage you to check out our job opportunities and apply today!

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