D-E-I. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. A seemingly straightforward and critical concept. Yet, for many, this acronym felt unfortunately unfamiliar; a workplace aspiration but not an imperative until 2020 when racial strife and social unrest plagued the United States, igniting meaningful
conversations within organizations. Two years later, in 2022, DE&I seems to have garnered the corporate buy-in it has so long deserved. Now the question becomes, is DE&I a genuine, lived reality for employees or does it remain an elusive construct, where meaningful action remains obscure and ongoing efforts are unlinked to critical positive corporate performance outcomes?
At The Mom Project and Werklabs, we understand that DE&I efforts are not only the right thing to do but that DE&I is a business imperative that yields all-around positive and needed change as well as a significant lift for business performance. We know that DE&I takes a strong commitment, deep understanding, and an unfailing desire to drive real change in order to have a meaningful impact on businesses as well as employees and other key stakeholders.
This research focuses specifically on metrics that have the greatest impact on DE&I in the workplace. Here we not only define what it means to take action on DE&I, but we also establish a clear business case for investing in DE&I efforts. We create a framework for organizations to assess and make progress toward becoming more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. As many organizations work to measure their DE&I efforts, we explore how meaningful DEI metrics and strategic action are needed to ultimately impact employee experiences and bottom line performance.
To do so, we surveyed more than 1,500 professionals and asked them to rate their experiences with diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Then, using predictive analytics, we link those results back to meaningful performance outcomes.
When diversity across a multitude of dimensions is celebrated, equity is evident, and inclusion is prioritized, employees are happier, psychologically safer, and ultimately more productive. We invite you to read the report that follows to understand just how and why this is the case.