Despite the recent limelight, diversity, equity, inclusion and other similar initiatives have been around for decades.  Success with these programs, however, is far from guaranteed.  Throwing training workshops and programs at a population who is not cognitively ready could, and often does, backfire.  It risks marginalizing the exact message you are trying to convey, the change you are trying to affect.

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The Pattern: For years and years, reviewing the results of a survey within your organization has probably followed a predictable pattern.

1.     Trying to understand high level, organizational trends that are occurring across your business
2.     Isolating patterns of results that suggest certain sections of the business or groups of employees may need targeted  help.
3.     Using the collected responses and patterns to make business decisions.

This is a great approach, and a framework we have designed both our entire platform and survey systems around.

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Today's article is by DEI Expert and Mindset Partner, Bill Shackelford.  Enjoy!

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion.  Although it has long been recognized as an issue, the events of this year have catapulted it to the top of the list for many organizations. The 2020 PwC Global Diversity & Inclusion Survey had an all-time high of 76% of respondents indicate that DEI “…is a priority or value” of their organization.  Let's discuss moving from priority to a data-driven strategy. 

Read more: Where to Start with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

Employee’s in a variety of workplaces and roles continue to participate in our FREE Covid-19 Organizational Wellbeing pulse survey series. With that data, we have also been able to extract a few patterns in responses. Even if a free pulse survey process is not the best fit for your company right now, some of what we have learned is likely impacting your employees and their performance as we speak. Take this information and be forearmed with an understanding of the challenges that are top of mind for employees when they are adapting to massive disruptions to their normal way of working.

Read more: The Five Major Challenges Experienced by Employees During Covid-19

Place plays a massive role in how we think about managing business. The “where” of work has helped us understand, organize, and quickly answer “who’s”, “what’s”, and “when’s” by having everyone physically accessible. Be it a short hallway conversation, or a walk to another department, or the ability to read the room as part of a presentation.  The need for social distancing has cut off many of the information streams we rely on to guide the day to day of managing highly engaged teams. That is why, given how much Covid-19 has forced everyone’s way of work to change, we created the Free Organizational Wellbeing Pulse Survey series.

Read more: Top 10 Drivers of Organizational Wellbeing During Covid-19