The business benefits of employee engagement on organisational performance and bottom line are not new or ground-breaking insights. The studies and reports are irrefutable, but as the world shifts in unprecedented ways, organisations become distracted from some fundamental principles which have time and time again put them on a better footing.

Read more: Research Roundup: Engaged front-line employees key to retail success

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.

Read more: Let Data - Not Intentions - Influence Your Strategy

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.

Read more: Using AI to Understand Open-Ended Feedback - Getting to the Answers

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

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