HR departments often strive to improve the DEI, or Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, within their organizations. DEI programs can involve many different kinds of training and policies to help raise awareness, representation, and acceptance of different genders, ethnicities, religions, ages, and more.
But as common as DEI programs are, they aren’t always effective. According to a study from CircaWorks that surveyed hundreds of HR leaders from organizations of all sizes, only 22% of DEI programs have reached an “expert” or “advanced” stage. Only 9% reported that their DEI initiative was highly effective.Why are DEI Efforts Stalling?
One reason may be that organizations are overlooking diversity of thought when fostering a more inclusive work environment. Diversity of thought refers to training that encourages employees to keep an open mind, challenge internalized ideas, and think about alternative points of view.
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