As 2022 rolls its credits, many leaders are wondering if certain programming, like DEI (Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion) initiatives, might need to be left on the cutting room floor for 2023. Unfortunately, due to the economic uncertainty that so many businesses (and individuals) are facing, and in an attempt to recession-proof the company, reducing DEI efforts has become a go-to solution – especially when an organization views DEI as a “nice to have” versus it being a business imperative. However, the answer doesn’t necessarily have to be taking resources away from DEI efforts, but to instead be more intentional about how to execute DEI in the new year.
The main consideration must be towards leaving behind any DEI initiative that does not inspire behavior change and does not address the root causes and systemic issues that lead to bigotry, discrimination, and inequity in the workplace. Check-the-box, compliance-driven DEI activities are not the best use of employee time or the company’s money.
DEI champion, Renu Sachdeva, Head of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Talking Talent, North America, recommends that organizations that are looking to do DEI better in the new year should ditch these 5 DEI trends that are more of a hindrance than a help…