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

The new year is a chance to start fresh. Often, we make resolutions for the purpose of pushing our life in a new direction, doing something that recontextualizes our often-scattered efforts in a concerted plan towards a desirable future. Given the annual structure of engagement programs, the same barriers to meeting our new year’s resolutions can prevent the organization from creating the kinds of changes to make work more enjoyable for everyone.

Read more: Engaging with New Year’s Resolutions

Engagement and Performance are both key areas that a manager must manage. An organization filled with folks who hate their job or who are unable to perform is headed for disaster. It really is quite unfortunate then that "Performance" and "Engagement", despite their importance, are incredibly squishy concepts that depend on unique efforts and experiences of every member of a team. This presents a daunting challenge to managers, that few appear to be meeting well

However, this may be because the tools that we use to approach problems within the workplace lead us to the wrong conclusions about how to achieve important, but squishy goals.

Read more: Managing Engagement & Performance with Gardens in Mind