We all know that diversity and inclusion is important. The sharing of different cultures, beliefs, values and norms has made us smarter, more innovative, empathetic and global. A lot of recent research supports the idea that greater workplace diversity leads to greater profitability, customer centricity and increased employee engagement.
Additionally, more and more socially-conscious Millennials and Gen Z are entering the workforce (33% of today’s workforce and 50% of the workforce by 2020). These workers are attracted to companies with formal, distinct and active inclusion programs—making diversity and inclusion programs a top priority for CEOs.
Today, firms around the world are spending billions to attract a diverse workforce and promote cross-culture learning. Some initiatives companies are taking include deploying programs like Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Employee Networks (ENs), and investing in technology to monitor, measure and enhance workplace inclusion.
We’ve also learned that just hiring more employees from underrepresented groups or introducing a new process does not mean you will have a truly inclusive workplace. Inclusion programs will not succeed and improve over time without continuous analysis of the way people interact and perceive the state of inclusion across the organization.
How HR Service Delivery technology helps your D&I efforts
Communicate and promote
HR Service Delivery technology provides employees with a knowledge portal where HR can target personalized campaigns and promote content like new Employee Resource Groups, Employee Networks and surveys about D&I. Using case management workflows, employees are able to communicate with HR for more complex requests not answered in the knowledge portal.
Monitor and improve
With HR Service Delivery software, HR teams can use dashboards to proactively monitor diversity and inclusion efforts—and quickly take corrective measures to improve. Analytics and data visualization tools empower HR teams to unlock insights into article traffic, spikes in policy searches, and the number of discrimination cases being opened.
These analytics enable HR to better understand patterns related to inclusion content, and decide whether content needs to be refreshed, moved to the front page or targeted to certain populations. The content can also be promoted on the homepage and in search results for a specified period of time.
As organizations strive to create an inclusive workplace to harness the benefits of a diverse workforce, technology can be a powerful way to foster and improve inclusion efforts. To understand how leading companies are using HR Service Delivery technology to deliver a better employee experience, download our buyers guide, Choosing the Right HR Service Delivery Technology for Your Organization.
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Shane McCarthy is a global Product Marketer at PeopleDoc, Inc. He writes and speaks about HR service delivery, HR technology, and PeopleDoc, Inc. Prior to PeopleDoc, Shane worked as a marketing strategist for a leading maritime software company.
Shane holds a Bachelors of Arts and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut. He loves his New York sports teams, even if they don't love him back most of the time.