Employee Engagement: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By definition, engaged employees are willing to give discretionary effort to achieve company success. They trust their leaders, feel connected to the company, are given a voice in decisions and key activities, are provided opportunities for growth and feel valued, respected, included and appreciated.   The GOOD:  It has been proven that having a workforce made up Read More …

Is it really Unconscious Bias?

When instances of inequality, unfairness or discrimination surface in the workplace, management may be quick to point to unconscious bias as the culprit. Why? Because they won’t have to admit that their organization has issues with fair and equal treatment of employees. It absolves them of any wrong-doing. But in reality, many instances of unfair or unequal treatment Read More …

Is Your Diversity & Inclusion Strategy Focused on the Problem or Solution?

Creating a more inclusive and engaging work environment requires change. Behavior change. Process change. Culture change. And although understanding the reason for change (i.e. the problem) is important, it’s the solution that will ultimately move your organization forward. As you build your D&I strategy, you should focus on the positive outcomes that you are trying to achieve: Fairness, Read More …

Is Your Diversity & Inclusion Strategy Half Empty or Half Full?

Life isn’t fair. A lesson most of us were taught as children.  I remember learning that lesson in 1st grade. Our class had a ‘sticks and triangle’ band. You either got to click sticks or could make a ringing sound by tapping your triangle with a metal wand. Most kids played the sticks with a few having the privilege of Read More …

When Was the Last Time You Said Thank You?

For most companies, it’s been a crazy year. Employees have stepped up to the challenge, modified their work structure, learned how to ZOOM, implemented new processes and found ways to keep things going in the face of uncertainty. As a leader, have you taken the time to personally acknowledge their contributions? For most leaders, making in through Read More …

Chief Diversity Officer: 4 Steps to Making a Difference

Wow! You finally landed your dream job. Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). Whether it’s at a FORTUNE 500 Company or a smaller organization, the reward is the same . . . a chance to make a difference. Where do you start?  Your first 60 days are critical. Here’s a 4-step proven framework that can boost your effectiveness and can serve as Read More …

Diversity & Inclusion: Why Are Companies Struggling to Make Progress?

While the benefits of having a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment have been proven by various studies, why are companies struggling to make progress? To better understand the dynamics at play, let’s look at a similar situation of how companies have responded to studies related to employee engagement. It has been proven that having an Read More …

When Pursuing a More Diverse Workplace, Are You Putting First Things First?

Dozens of companies have reacted to recent events by pledging to increase diversity (women and minorities) in their workforce. It’s not the first time we’ve heard those words, seen companies ramp up their hiring efforts or watched as good intentions fail to deliver results. In many cases, these companies have not put first things first. While serving Read More …

Diversity & Inclusion: Can You See Me?

Recent events have heightened awareness of the importance of having an inclusive work environment. Some people may not be able to picture what that looks like so I thought I’d share a little story. A few years ago I had just joined a new business area and was trying hard to fit in. My peers were two executives Read More …

Diversity & Inclusion Starts with Building Trust

Building trust is essential in fostering an engaging and inclusive workplace. Trust facilitates a work environment where people are not afraid to express their ideas or concerns. It allows leaders to have candid conversations about racism, discrimination and other critical workplace issues without creating angst. And according to Forbes, it leads to better employee performance. Earning employee trust is a Read More …