- Building trust and creating a workplace where people feel free to express themselves.
- Actively combating bias and systems of oppression.
- Embracing a variety of styles and voices inside the organization.
- Using employees’ identity-related knowledge and experiences to learn how best to accomplish the firm’s core work.
- Shift the organization’s culture from reactive to proactive
- Share the commitment to DEI across the organization and at all levels
- Strive to create a psychologically safe workplace where authenticity is the norm
- Embed D&I, equity, and belonging in every function, department, and operation
- Identify the DEI stakeholders, which include your Board, leaders, potential job candidates, and employees
- Involve leadership beyond HR including all key business functions
- Gain Executive Commitment: The DEI Strategic Plan will only materialize and have meaning if your CEO and top leadership drive the principles as organizational values. There must be executive support because without it, implementing a DEI strategy usually begins strong but derails over time. Regular executive education such as training and coaching reinforcing the importance of the strategic plan to inclusive talent management, employee relations, innovation, and a culture of belonging can get everyone on board and aligned.
- Establish a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Executive Council: The DEI Executive Council is the group that oversees developing and implementing a Diversity & Inclusion strategy. It ensures the organization’s focus is not lost, champions the concept of inclusion, and helps keep the effort on the right path over the long term. Membership should include senior leaders, management representatives from HR and each function, and diverse managers, supervisors, or staff members. This reinforces the principle that DE&I is imperative for everyone.
- Conduct Thorough Assessment of the Current Status of DEI: You won’t learn which strategic priorities to establish or how to move forward unless you know where you are at now. Data analysis is the only way to see the whole DEI picture by gathering the full gamut of diversity and inclusion metrics. Inclusive Leaders Group’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Assessment measures how effectively your organization fosters diversity and inclusion to make certain that all types of people are included in a supportive work environment. Our process provides deep insight into several common values and practices that support diversity in organizations.
Establish Strategic Priorities, Goals, and Objectives: With the assessment results combined with analytics gathered from other sources – like employee engagement surveys, supervisor input, and past grievances – establish priorities. Strategic priorities are supported by goals and objectives and are based on the organization’s experience.
Establish an Implementation Plan to Reach Goals: The implementation plan could include offering leadership and employee training, deciding who should participate in D&I initiatives focused on specific talent areas like recruitment of diverse employees, and offering opportunities for employees to share their experiences and perspectives. This is the step where you may decide to expand your digital communications to ensure you reach all employees when sharing information or where you develop a leadership dashboard that keeps track of progress for their area of responsibility.
Develop Data Standards and Benchmarks for Measuring Progress and Holding Leaders Accountable: While developing a Diversity Equity, & Inclusion Strategic Plan, also develop standards for measuring progress. It’s important to measure progress regularly. Annual reporting is inadequate. Success indicators along the path to developing a diverse and inclusive organization are factors like increased representation of minorities in leadership roles, and increased number of women and minorities participating in mentoring programs for career advancement.
Measure Results and Adjust Efforts as Necessary: Measuring outcomes is crucial to producing desired results. Outcomes inform about things like whether the leadership training is effective, if employees are satisfied with the D&I initiatives and if the organization is improving in the diversity, inclusion, and belonging arena. Measuring outcomes enables keeping the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan in alignment. Don’t treat the D&I plan like a static plan that is developed and shelved, only to be revisited later.
This plan is designed to help your employees and your organization reach their full potential. Leverage your entire workforce to achieve your business goals, and mission with the right strategy.