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What should a DEIB program include?

Navigating the complex Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) landscape is like journeying through Earth’s natural wonders. As we embark on Episode 3 of our podcast series, picture this: your organization is a vast ecosystem, from deep oceans to towering peaks, awaiting exploration. Ready to embark on this grand expedition? Lace-up your boots, grab your compass, and let’s begin!

1. Assessment and Data Collection:

  • Baseline Assessment: Begin by evaluating your current DEIB situation. Research from McKinsey has underscored the potential financial benefits for companies with higher racial and ethnic diversity.
  • Regularly Updated Metrics: Continuous measurement and tracking of representation and equity are essential for real-time decision-making.

2. Leadership and Governance:

  • Leadership Buy-in: The commitment of top leaders is pivotal. Boston Consulting Group’s research has highlighted the positive impact of management’s commitment to diversity on business outcomes.
  • DEIB Council: Numerous studies suggest that diverse boards positively impact financial performance and decision-making.

3. Training and Development:

  • Awareness Training: It’s important to educate teams on DEIB principles. Harvard Business Review has discussed the potential benefits of unbiased decision-making training.
  • Leadership Training: Deloitte’s research emphasizes the role of inclusive leadership in enhancing organizational innovation.

4. Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention:

  • Diverse Talent Pipelines: Gartner has noted the efficiencies associated with diverse hiring teams.
  • Mentorship and Sponsorship: The Wharton School’s research highlights the advantages of mentorship for both mentors and mentees.

5. Inclusive Policies and Practices:

  • Employee Resource Groups (ERGs): Catalyst’s findings underscore the potential career progression benefits for employees involved in ERGs.
  • Inclusive Benefits: The Center for American Progress has explored the potential cost implications of employee turnover and how inclusive benefits might mitigate them.

6. Communication:

  • Open Dialogue: As explored by Quantum Workplace, effective communication is key to retention.
  • Transparency: Emphasizing transparency can foster trust, boost employee morale, and enhance investor confidence, as various studies suggest.

7. External Relations:

  • Supplier Diversity: There are multifaceted advantages to supplier diversity, ranging from innovation to broader market access.
  • Community Engagement: Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s studies emphasize the weight potential employees give to a company’s societal commitments.

8. Culture and Belonging:

  • Celebrate Diversity: Glassdoor’s research highlights how job seekers value workplace diversity during their search process.
  • Promote Allyship: BetterUp has delved into the impact of an ally culture on employee engagement.

9. Review and Adapt:

10. Resources and Budget:

The journey to robust DEIB isn’t just morally right; it’s also a smart business move. With compelling statistics backing every phase, it’s evident that fostering a diverse, inclusive environment yields tangible benefits. Are you ready to dig and start your DEIB journey? Take the DEI Gap Assessment. You will get a customized report highlighting where you might start with your ecosystem.