Beyond D&I: Experts Weigh in on Maintaining DEI Momentum

Posted By: Stephanie Beeman Blog ,

While the reckoning of the summer of 2020 brought permanent and meaningful change to some organizations, some companies despite their best intentions have felt their momentum toward true diversity, equity, and inclusion stalled.

According to some experts, and reported recently in the Triad Business Journal, there are some strategies to stay on track. They agree that successful DEI requires a strategic plan that is designed for long-term sustainability and is constantly evolving.

Now is an opportune time to evaluate strategies and make a fresh commitment, before another political or emotional event makes it a reactive rather than a proactive endeavor. 

Kay Formanek, author of "Beyond D&I" points out that some companies have lost focus on DEI practices as they moved their energies toward managing supply chain issues and hiring, but they will find that there is a price to pay. From the article:  

“Suddenly, the diversity trainings have been put on hold,” Formanek said. “Suddenly, the matrix that had been put on in terms of how we wish from year to year improve in our diversity, no one is measuring or reporting them anymore. And what happens when you do that? You give a sense to people that diversity is a luxury versus a criticality.”

Tom Alexander, co-founder of DEI firm Holistic, suggests that in this point of the year companies can start to get back on track by reviewing policies, benefits, and language in the employee handbook and on the website - small changes, but indicative of care and committment.

Read the complete article HERE.