The Future of Diversity


Learn how your organization can promote a culture that supports DE&I.

There is no doubt the workforce has become more diverse in recent decades. With five generations in the labor market and the ability to work remotely, many organizations are now able to tap into talent across the globe. Since early 2000, there has been a shift away from viewing diversity as primarily a compliance measure. Today, diversity is a vital strategic priority, along with equity and inclusion. The surge in social action, a spotlight on systemic racism, and the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on marginalized groups over the past two years has further raised the stakes, impacting the foundational well-being of our society.

According to McLean & Company’s HR Trends Report for 2021, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) moved up from being ranked 8th last year to 4th this year as a top priority for Human Resources leaders.

Creating a diverse environment goes beyond sourcing tactics and tracking and reporting on DE&I metrics. Organizations must commit to the deeper, strategic and ongoing work to make DE&I part of their corporate DNA.

How can your organization focus on sustainable and meaningful diversity?

Embed inclusive behaviors into corporate values.

Evaluate inclusive leadership behaviors as part of the performance appraisal process and incentive bonus criteria.

Clearly articulate the link between DE&I and organizational goals consistently and frequently.

Identify and address pay gaps or inequities for underrepresented groups.

Provide ongoing communication training and opportunities to engage with diverse teams and coworkers.

Cultivating a diverse organization encourages innovation and creativity, and fosters greater empathy, understanding and communication. Leveraging different points of view helps us avoid group think, creates a speak-up culture, and recognizes the value each of us brings to the conversation.

Interested in honing your global communication skills to engage your diverse workforce and champion their well-being?

Our partner, the National Wellness Institute (NWI), is offering a High-Level Wellness Through Multicultural Competency Certification program that will help you develop these skills, running November 9 through December 20, 2021.

Be sure to share this with your team as well!

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