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What diversity and inclusion programs work?

Posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by Rebecca Kerr

By Rebecca Kerr, OSCPA communications intern

In an article posted in the Harvard Business Review earlier this week, Boston Consulting Group detailed the results of their survey concerning different diversity and inclusion programs present among 14 countries.

The survey, taken by more than 16,000 employees, asked participants about the kind of diversity and inclusion programs implemented in their companies, obstacles to the success of these initiatives and which of these programs are most rewarding for underrepresented groups such as women, racial or ethnic minorities and employees that are a part of the LGBTQ community.

Notable results

-96-98% of survey participants from a company with 1,000 or more employees have diversity programs in place currently

-About 75% of the “underrepresented groups” outlined in the second paragraph did not feel as though they have “personally benefited” from diversity and inclusion initiatives

-50% of “all diverse employees stated that they see bias as a part of their day-to-day work experience”

-50% responded that they don’t find their company’s current program to be effective in combating bias, specifically in decision-making, from the workplace

-A large number of female employees expressed the desire for female mentors in leadership roles at their company and “tools to balance career and family responsibilities”

-Employees of color expressed the desire for “formal sponsorship programs,” personal steps to achieve advancement on the corporate ladder and the end of day-to-day bias in the workplace

-LGBTQ employees expressed their desire for companies to revise some aspects of their internal structure to “accommodate a broader gender orientation than simply male and female”

What to make of it

From their findings, Boston Consulting Group has outlined the three keys to the implementation of a more successful diversity and inclusion program:

-Leadership commitment

-A tailored approach

-Metrics

Read the entire article and summary of the survey findings here. Do you agree with these findings? Do you think that the diversity and inclusion programs you’ve experienced so far are effective? Let us know in the comments.


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