Why employing refugees is a smart move – World Refugee Day 2018

employing refugees at Doubletree, Colorado

Greeley, Colorado – a human resources director celebrates employing refugees for World Refugee Day 2018

Refugees are known for being skilled and resilient characters. The benefits of employing refugees are many, and it should be noted that refugees are of one the most overlooked pools of talent in the workforce society.

Refugees introduce new ideas and perspective that can refine and develop the workplace. For an employer, this is a huge opportunity. Employing refugees and minorities not only carries a strong positive social impact but displays genuine value to the community. It is important for businesses to realize that there is another candidate pool out there that can really add to your profitability and involvement in your community.

The Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado has been a fantastic resource in efforts toward employing refugees for open positions, sending us their students who match what we are looking for in skills, willingness, and fit within our team. Our partnership is valuable on both sides. Doubletree by Hilton mirrors the same mission and values as the IRCNC, whose mission is “Empowering refugees and immigrants, connecting communities, and advocating for successful integration.” The Doubletree by Hilton practices integrity in doing the right thing, all the time, and being leaders in the industry and in our communities.

At the Doubletree we treat refugees the same as any other applicant, helping ensure those we hire will be successful here. We have molded our hiring practices to reach those applicants with diverse backgrounds; these methods have proven successful for us. The refugees we currently have working for the Doubletree by Hilton enjoy working for us, and they want to help our business succeed. We are employing refugees who are reliable, hardworking, and committed employees; they have added value every day to our operations. I have seen first-hand the development of lasting friendships with their co-workers.

By employing refugees, businesses with diverse work forces have seen boosts in growth, morale, productivity and staff retention.

We encourage businesses to take a look at their recruiting efforts, partner with their local refugee center, and diversify their workplace.

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World Refugee Day 2018

This month, to celebrate World Refugee Day on June 20, US-born Americans across the United States honor newcomer Americans with a story from their state – a story of a refugee, asylee, or immigrant they admire. From soldiers to politicians, employers to students, social workers to business people – everyday Americans tell their stories to celebrate the goodness and courage of the newcomers who make the United States a better place.

Every day in the month of June, the Refugee Center Online will publish a new story from a different state. Check back for new stories each day: therefugeecenter.org/world-refugee-day.

Learn more about World Refugee Day. All across the country, there will be events celebrating World Refugee Day. Visit this map to find an event in your community.

About Brena Cordova
Brena Cordova is the Human Resources Director of Doubletree by Hilton in Greeley, Colorado. As a Colorado native, she has spent her life exploring its mountains and wonderful towns. She spends her free time taking her daughter and dog everywhere and is always trying something new.