Inclusive Australia's new self-assessment tool aims to promote evidence-based initiatives and practices for diversity and inclusion (D & I) within an organisation.
Why is this important?
A large body of research shows that D & I are important for a fair and flourishing society, and have many benefits when managed well in the workplace. These include positive employee wellbeing and relationships, as well as drivers of business growth such as greater innovation, creativity, and productivity1. There has been a growing interest in how workplace D & I can be achieved and managed, which has given rise to many D & I initiatives and practices, some of which your workplace may already be doing.
But how do we know that the things that we are doing are actually effective? And what sort of outcomes we can expect from them? Many popular D & I initiatives are considered good practice, but there is not always a lot of evidence examining their effects and impact2. To measure how well your workplace is carrying out these initiatives, it is important to perform a scientifically robust assessment which is1:
Completing the Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Diagnostic will help organisation's assess its organisation’s performance regarding its current initiatives and practices for D & I. It is based on the scientific literature from the last 10 years on what works for organisational D & I.
The Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Diagnostic has been used with organisations of different sizes and industry.
If you would like to know more about the Diagnostic and how it can help your organisation please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inclusive Australia will also be launching a free, on-line and simplified version of the tool by the end of June 2022. So watch this space.
1. Trenerry, B. & Paradies, Y. Organizational assessment: An overlooked approach to managing diversity and addressing racism in the workplace. J. Divers. Manag. 7, 11–26 (2012).
2. Kalev, A., Dobbin, F. & Kelly, E. Best practices or best guesses? Assessing the efficacy of corporate affirmative action and diversity policies. Am. Sociol. Rev. 71, 589–617 (2006).
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