Entries by katherinebanks

Planning An Inclusive Holiday Celebration

We’re preparing for the upcoming Holiday season and looking forward to time with family and friends. As we mark the holidays in the workplace, we need to remain mindful and intentional to ensure that we’re inclusive and extending a sense of belonging to everyone—taking into account the rich diversity of traditions within today’s increasingly diverse […]

5 Myths About Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

What’s the first thought that comes to mind when you hear the terms “diversity, equity, and inclusion?” Reactions certainly run the gamut, but we’d be fooling ourselves if we think references to DE&I evoke the same psychological and emotional response from everyone in the same way. While many might believe that DEI is “awesome” or […]

3 Tips For Leaders Talking About DEI

Leaders are under more and more pressure to speak out and speak up about DEI-related issues, both inside their companies and as spokespeople for their organizations. Many CEOs can feel like DEI is “above their pay grade” in that it is not their area of expertise nor what they were hired for, and is a […]

The Role of Engagement in DEI

There’s a lot of buzz about employee engagement these days—especially as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion. For example, a fairly recent article in Harvard Business Review claimed that businesses in the U.S. invest approximately $8 billion annually on DEI initiatives and training. The question that raises is are these investments worth it? Do […]

Driving Engagement Using Employee Resource Groups

Employee resource groups, or ERGs, are important to successful worker engagement. While they’re certainly not new their popularity has grown tremendously as companies try to improve recruitment and retain top talent in an increasingly complex business environment. In actuality, ERGs have been around since the 1960s in the U.S., originating when African American workers banded […]

Snapshot: Hispanics In Corporate America By The Numbers

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S., and there’s a lot to celebrate. The Hispanic (or Latino, LatinX) communities continue to make cultural, political, and societal inroads; and in many ways are reshaping “American identity” as the fastest-growing minority in the U.S.  When we talk about the Hispanic population, we have to be mindful that […]

Let Women Lead Now

Let’s talk about leadership and gender. Okay, we understand that these conversations about gender diversity—especially in leadership roles can be exhausting. We get it. But what’s the alternative? Do we act like ostriches with our heads in the sand, or do we engage in the conversation in a meaningful way, no matter how difficult? The […]

Managing Resistance for Increased Engagement

A recent study of workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion programs conducted by Culture Amp—an employee engagement firm—found that while 81 percent (81%) of organizations surveyed reported some degree of commitment to DEI initiatives and programs, only 34 percent reported adequate investment in those programs and initiatives. And herein lies the sticking point, according to many […]

The Danger Lurking Behind External Benchmarks

When we kick off discussions about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) surveys, clients often say benchmarks are a requirement. When probed, they explain how “leadership will not take the results seriously without benchmarks.” They are referring to external benchmarks (also known as ‘norms’), which are used to compare their survey results to those of other […]

Managing Change: Stakeholder Alignment

Managing change is a complex process that entails engaging diverse and disparate groups of stakeholders. Often these various stakeholders have different priorities within the workplace despite everyone working toward a supposedly common goal of organizational success in one way or the other. However, when it comes to engaging these individuals and groups the process can […]