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 […]

Employer & Employee Loyalty. Does It Still Exist?

Ask people about company loyalty today, and you’re likely to get a lot of different responses—especially generationally. The days of working for a single employer over the course of a career, earning a pension, and retiring at a relatively young age are gone. And they’ve been gone for quite a while. But that doesn’t mean […]

Can Too Much Inclusion Lead To Confusion?

Inclusion is not some nebulous concept. It’s a critical business priority that stokes innovation and increases organizational performance in real terms. Therefore, it’s important that inclusion is strategic and efficient in process and deployment to arrive at the desired outcomes. Some might believe that inclusion means everyone has a voice on every matter or decision; […]

Six Inclusive Ways To Take Control Of Your Career

The workplace continues to change and employers and employees are increasingly adapting to the so-called “new normal,” although the phrase is quite ambiguous. The days of a single employer, or even career path, are long gone, and seems they are never coming back. As one result, workers must take control of their own career paths […]