Congratulations on completing the DEI Assessment. Based upon your responses, your organization is in the phase we at Rework Work categorize as Alignment. Your organization leaders understand the current state of their organization and have begun the journey towards action. Aligning on the strategy, determining the direction and agreeing to support the strategy is key. There is awareness that diversity and inclusion within organizations does not only begin by increasing the number of represented identities across gender, race, ethnicity, ability, and age. It is understood that an organization must undergo a process to become diverse and inclusive, and it begins with assessing how key elements in those core concepts are being practiced.
To do so, there must be a shared understanding of what diversity and inclusion is rooted in and how it is important for the organization. The pillars of diversity and inclusion are held in the beliefs, actions, and practices of an organization, from employee to leadership. The objective of the Alignment phase is to educate everyone on the critical components of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace in order to practice and thus cultivate this in the organization, and aligning in these key areas informs your strategy and provides clarity to your workforce. It also sets an expectation that action will occur.
As you move toward reviewing and revising the practices, policies and procedures of your organization, know that accountability, transparency and authenticity will be required to cultivate a truly inclusive workplace.
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Recognize the negative effects of bias within your organization, as well as the benefits to uncovering bias in decision-making processes.