How Biases and Stereotypes are Preventing You from Hiring the Best Team

With Punam V. Saxena

The Growing Your Team Podcast Episode 107

Building a workplace with empowered team members begins by placing a greater value in children. Punam V. Saxena shares the importance of this practice in her book “Parent Power.” In this episode Punam goes beyond this by showing how to further lift up employees by celebrating diversity.

Diversity goes beyond just filling out a checked box on a job posting. It’s important that your company looks at all the numerous categories that exist in the term diversity to embrace differences in work culture and in life.  

About Punam V. Saxena:

Punam V. Saxena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Education. Throughout her 30 years of experience between teaching and volunteering in her children’s schools, she implemented several procedures that benefited students and administrators within the school district.

Punam is a Parent Impact Coach, podcast host of edu-Me, a published author, and a TEDx Speaker. Her work focuses on bridging the gap and fostering and stronger relationship between parents and schools by empowering parents to become partners in their child’s education.

She has been recognized as Volunteer of the Year at Harrison School for the Arts and has received a Key to the City in Lakeland, Florida. She has been featured in the magazines Podcast Movement, Shoutout Atlanta, Global Fluency, and Women Who Podcast. She has also spoken at several mainstage events including the Passionistas Project’s “I’m Speaking”, ShePodcasts Live, and Podcast Movement’s Virtual Summit. Additionally, Punam has been featured on NBC’s Atlanta & Company, CBS, ABC, and FOX.

In her spare time, she enjoys running, cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

In this Episode You’ll Hear:

  • The value that work experience holds over a college degree in unrelated fields.
  • How to shift focus on one’s capabilities rather than the categories they fit into.  
  • Why empowering young children can reflect over to the workplace by teaching employees how to stand up for themselves.
  • How to retain your employees by making their voice feel valued.
  • If the categories you list on job postings actually serve as benefits to finding the best candidate.
  • Ways to be aware of your biases in order to create support within your company to allow diversity to thrive.

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Punam’s TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrY3dM-AvOg

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