Tag: DEI programs

DEI Isn’t About Taking Away from Anyone—It’s About More for Everyone

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs are not new but the vitriol around them seems to be gaining steam in certain circles, with some even calling for DEI to be completely eradicated. Research has shown that DEI, when done well, leads to many positive outcomes for organizations while the lack of it has many undesirable […]

2023’s Biggest Takeaways for DEI Leaders in HR

2023 was a year of big change for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives in corporate America. Anti-DEI sentiment gathered momentum in 2023 with the so-called “war on woke,” used by politicians and covered extensively by the national media. Additionally, the Supreme Court’s decision to end affirmative action in university admissions added to the evolving […]

Best of DEI Content 2023

This year, there was not only pushback from diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) initiatives by some organizations, but there was also pushback from DEIB programs in various industries. Despite these setbacks, fostering an environment of DEIB is more important than ever – and the businesses that embrace these values are the ones that will thrive […]

5 Key Strategies for Affordable Family-Forming Benefits

A convergence of several megatrends has cast a spotlight on employers’ need to be more strategic about recruitment and retention of top talent. One answer is through more robust and personalized benefit packages that are accessible and affordable. A tightening U.S. labor market continues to challenge HR departments and C-suites alike. Mounting frustration over pandemic […]

Cultivating Cultures of Belonging for Meaningful DEI Progress

From the largest corporate boardrooms to the smallest neighborhood businesses, organizations have declared their commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in recent years and have made significant efforts to both talk the talk and walk the walk. Today, we know those efforts have had varying results and impact. In other words, there is still […]

Centering: Practical Strategies for Sustaining DEI During Challenging Economic Times

We’ve heard this story before. In times of economic downturn, some of the first programs and positions on the chopping block are those connected to DEI. In February, workforce data company Revelio Labs revealed a 33% churn rate for DEI-related roles compared with 21% for non-DEI roles. The question leaders now face is how to […]

DEI Initiatives “Not For The Weary,” But Rewards are Great

DEI programs have evolved considerably in scope and complexity in recent years. What were once often derided as PR efforts paying lip service to the objectives of DEI have developed into sophisticated efforts touching virtually all aspects of the organization and managed by a dedicated team of committed professionals. Tiara Chesmer-Williams, Head of Inclusion, Diversity […]

DEI Is Not Bullet Proof

I’m not sure how to tell you this, but diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are NOT BULLETPROOF. I see your confusion (and pain) as you try to figure out how your company somehow sustained those workplace culture wounds, even with that brand-new DEI program in place. OK, I get it. They told you at the […]

Fostering Employee Belonging with 3 DEI Programs

Forget creating cool vibes with trendy office furniture and Ping-Pong tables. Forget the happy hours of yesteryear or scheduling an ice cream social. While these perks are fun and offer a respite from day-to-day tasks, today’s workplace (whether virtual or in person) demands much deeper engagement. Employees hold the upper hand for the first time […]

All Fortune 100 Companies Now Have DEI Policies

Diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts have gained remarkable traction in recent decades. In the final third of the 20th century, DEI was effectively dominated by and focused exclusively on affirmative action—the idea that employee racial and gender demographics should more or less match the population-level demographics. It didn’t necessarily matter whether women and people of […]