More than half of employees think their employer should be doing more to increase the diversity of its workforce, according to a Glassdoor study.
When asked who was in the best position to increase diversity, respondents answered: hiring managers at 45 percent, the CEO at 42 percent, and human resources departments at 40 percent. While most organizations are taking steps to incorporate diversity and inclusion, not all efforts can be deemed equal. How can you tell if your company is taking the right steps to create real change?
Forbes connects with Sam Murray, managing principal for OneDigital HR Consulting, Southern California, to examine how some companies are only checking the box when it comes to diversity and inclusion and what an organization can do to avoid falling into this category in the article, “Is Your Company Just Paying Lip Service To Diversity?” by Forbes.
Probably somewhere between 90 and 95 percent of companies just check the box. In the past, the requirements to have trainings on harassment and discrimination, for example, were technologically simplified into software programs that you just distributed it to your employees. You check the box when they completed it. And then, it really wasn’t taken in as a call to a level of responsibility that the corporation would have or an organization would have.
What we’re seeing though now is more companies are asking the question, ‘What do we need to do? I don’t want to be one of those companies that on the front page of the newspaper-kind of a thing. So I would say that the needle is starting to move. And never before have corporations been so poised to be the leader of social change. So I think it’s an interesting moment in time for companies to hopefully embrace a level of corporate responsibility that they haven’t really looked at or taken on before.
— Sam Murray, Managing Principal, OneDigital HR Consulting, Southern California
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