Brianna White

Staff member
Jul 30, 2019
In the face of economic, political, and cultural challenges, many companies retreat from their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) commitments. However, now is the perfect time for DEI-driven leaders to reassess these commitments, understand their importance, and evaluate their current standing. Here are four actionable steps to help you on this journey:
  1. Gather Data
    • Assess your current DEI status by examining recruitment practices, employee retention, and leadership promotions. Identify any patterns of bias and use these insights to recommit to your DEI goals.
  2. Talk to Employees
    • Engage with your workforce to understand their perspectives on inclusion and value within the organization. Their feedback is crucial for driving DEI initiatives forward.
  3. Double Down on Buy-In
    • Ensure that everyone in your organization understands the benefits of diversity. Highlight how diverse workplaces lead to greater success and innovation, fostering a supportive environment for DEI commitments.
  4. Reignite Education
    • Move beyond one-time training sessions and integrate DEI into your company's fabric. Provide individualized learning opportunities and create safe spaces for continuous education and growth.
Zag While Others Zig On DEI Commitments During challenging times, it's easy to follow the trend of backsliding on DEI commitments. However, history shows that those who lean into innovation during crises often thrive. By maintaining and strengthening your DEI efforts, you can demonstrate your organization's commitment to fostering an inclusive environment where everyone can succeed.

Questions for Discussion:
  1. What challenges have you faced in gathering data on DEI within your organization?
  2. How do you ensure that employee feedback on DEI is effectively integrated into your initiatives?
  3. What strategies have you found effective in gaining organization-wide buy-in for DEI commitments?
  4. Can you share examples of how continuous DEI education has positively impacted your workplace culture?
  5. How do you balance the need for immediate action with the long-term commitment required for meaningful DEI progress?
Let's discuss how we can collectively recommit to DEI and create lasting change in our organizations!

Read the article: