Is your organisation diverse and inclusive? Is your DEIB strategy working for you? Can you measure the impact of a DEIB initiative? What is the role of technology in DEIB?
There are three ways to find the best answers to these questions.
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DEIB stands for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.
Diversity is about having a diverse workforce in an organisation. Equity signifies impartiality and equal opportunities for employees. Inclusion refers to the culture of being fair and open to all. Belonging, a new addition, is a feeling of being accepted by all.
A Deloitte study found that 80% of respondents believe that DEIB is important, but only 12% of organisations are making significant progress towards achieving DEIB goals.
In today's workforce, bias is a persistent challenge that affects decisions related to recruitment, promotion and salary revision. New policies and education can help eliminate these biases. Also, people feel valued when their organisation fosters an inclusive culture and rewards those who exhibit it.
Some employees may resist change, particularly if they don't see the value in DEIB initiatives. Therefore, HR has to enlighten these employees to help them embrace the new culture.
Employees may need to consider DEIB initiatives more seriously. What can HR do if they perceive it as optional? The onus to handle this issue is on HR. Hence, leadership buy-in is essential for planning and executing any program.
Many organisations need help to attract and retain people from diverse groups. Creating DEIB initiatives, promoting them and measuring retention rates can help address this challenge.
Effective communication is essential for promoting the employees' understanding and sense of belonging. But expectations can vary in language and tone. Hence, HR must communicate effectively through the appropriate channels to ensure everyone is on the same page.
In every DEIB strategy, technology plays a crucial role. It helps track the metrics and sheds light on an organisation's current position. With this information, the leadership team can make business-critical decisions.
Additionally, technology makes it possible to conduct surveys to gather instant employee feedback and implement immediate changes based on their input.
Technology-driven employee assistance programs also enable employees to seek help when in distress.
Overall, technology is an essential tool for driving DEIB efforts within organisations.