Offering at least some DEI initiatives in the workplace has become the new norm. Yet many employees don’t feel satisfied with the state of DEI.
Since 2019, we’ve had the pleasure of impacting over 47,000 employees at client organizations across the world. This sizable group encompasses people working in many industries, and has made us aware of a recurrent dissatisfaction with DEI at work, despite the fact that most organizations are engaged in DEI initiatives.
Through diligent research, we discovered that progress toward building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace is often stalled by the lack of a coherent DEI strategy. Thinking strategically about DEI requires specific expertise, something that many organizations don’t prioritize. This light paper summarizes our insights through reference to a case study that is representative of a wide range of experiences. It identifies the steps that organizations can take to identify the pitfalls of their DEI initiatives and work towards an effective strategy.