To Sustain DEI Momentum, Companies Must Invest in 3 Areas

Organizations of all sizes and across industries pledged their support to DEI initiatives in 2020, including building more diverse and equitable companies, and to using their power for good. Now, with the spotlight no longer shining quite so brightly on corporate DEI, how much progress have organizations made against their promises? To understand the state of DEI efforts since 2020, the authors looked at aggregated, … [ Read more ]

Watch Out for These 3 Gender Biases in Performance Reviews

Three kinds of bias often creep into the performance-review process, in ways that disproportionately affect women, especially when they choose to take advantage of the flexibility offered by hybrid and remote work. These biases are experience bias, which leads reviewers to overvalue tasks that are easy to define; proximity bias, which leads them to think that people in their immediate orbit do the most important … [ Read more ]

Stop Making the Business Case for Diversity

Eighty percent of Fortune 500 companies explain their interest in diversity by making some form of a business case: justifying diversity in the workplace on the grounds that it benefits companies’ bottom line. And yet, in a recent study, the authors found that this approach actually makes underrepresented job candidates a lot less interested in working with an organization. This is because rhetoric that makes … [ Read more ]

To avoid hiring bias, orgs need cybervetting rules

Organizations need to develop and implement clearly defined rules regarding how they use online information about job candidates, a new paper on cybervetting says.

Inclusion Isn’t Just Nice. It’s Necessary.

Improving employees’ experience of inclusion in the workplace is one of the most actionable levers companies have to attract and retain talent. When done right, inclusion can slash attrition risk in half.

In today’s fiercely competitive environment, inclusion is akin to a hidden superpower, so why do so few companies view it as a business necessity? The answer is simple: workplace inclusion is hard to define, … [ Read more ]

Gender Pay Gap: Valuing Women’s Work

A new study published in Nature Human Behaviour sheds light on the role of within-job pay differences in the gender pay gap.

Measuring What Matters in Gender Diversity

How do you know if your company is making progress on gender diversity? This article discusses five areas where tracking metrics and data will help leaders know if they’re making wins—or falling short.

How Diverse Leadership Teams Boost Innovation

A recent BCG study suggests that increasing the diversity of leadership teams leads to more and better innovation and improved financial performance. In both developing and developed economies, companies with above-average diversity on their leadership teams report a greater payoff from innovation and higher EBIT margins. Even more persuasive, companies can start generating gains with relatively small changes in the makeup of their senior teams. … [ Read more ]

Fixing the Flawed Approach to Diversity

We recently surveyed roughly 16,500 people worldwide to identify the most effective diversity and inclusion measures. Our investigation builds on previous research into gender diversity. For our current analysis, we broadened our lens to include diversity in two additional dimensions: race and ethnicity and also sexual orientation. Through that research, we identified specific solutions that companies can implement to accelerate their progress on diversity.

Research: How Ranking Performance Can Hurt Women

When it comes to gender equity in the workplace, many organizations focus largely on hiring more women. But to achieve more equitable representation, it’s also critical to examine disparities in how employees are evaluated and promoted once they’re on board. In this piece, the authors discuss their recent research on this topic, which found that competitive evaluation systems in which employees are ranked against one … [ Read more ]

How to Advance Gender Diversity in the Workplace

Gender diversity can be a profound business challenge —or a source of competitive advantage. But it’s not women who need to change. It’s the workplace.

Author Talks: Flex Your ‘No Muscle’

Nonpromotable work profoundly affects women’s careers and lives. In her new book, Lise Vesterlund explains why women so often agree to it—and how they can say no.

The Unlikely Upside of Mergers: More Diverse Management Teams

Mergers shake up the status quo at companies and help women and people of color move up the ladder. Research mines data from 37,000 deals.

How to Measure Inclusion in the Workplace

In an era where companies are paying more and more attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), inclusion remains the most difficult metric to track. From new research, Gartner developed the Gartner Inclusion Index to measure what true inclusion looks like across an organization. The authors outline how to use the Gartner Inclusion Index to measure employee perceptions of inclusion, what effective action looks like … [ Read more ]

Unapologetically DEI: Designing Equity and Inclusion Into the New Era of Work

As a new era of work emerges in a post-pandemic world, leaders must take proactive action to avoid undoing decades of progress toward diversity, equity, and inclusion.

It’s Time to Reimagine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A great deal of noble and important work has been done on DEI in recent years, but we have hit a ceiling.

How Businesses Can Recruit and Develop More Young People of Color

More must be done to reach young people of color earlier in their academic careers to help them tap into job exploration, skills building, and professional development. One of the most effective and proactive steps employers can take is to expand quality internships. Just as companies are increasingly sharing the diversity numbers of their full-time employees, they need to examine the demographics of their internship … [ Read more ]

How board directors can advance racial justice

Three commitments to help companies promote diversity, equity, and inclusion — and resist the status quo.