Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are drivers of business innovation and excellence. And research from Robert Half shows that DEI is a priority for employers and workers alike. Consider that:
- 8 in 10 executives at companies in the U.S. believe investing in DEI initiatives leads to tangible company benefits including recruiting and retaining talent
- 8 in 10 workers report that the feel DEI is an important requirement when deciding to accept a role at a company
- 1 in 4 hiring managers said DEI programs are among the most common topics candidates ask about during interviews, beyond salary
An ever-evolving journey
At Robert Half, we believe that making DEI a priority carries many benefits, from creating a strong company reputation to attracting and retaining talented employees. And like many businesses, Robert Half is on an ever-evolving journey to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
We have made significant progress toward our DEI objectives as a global talent solutions firm, and we think our discoveries can be valuable to other companies taking a similar journey.
We have also learned through research that companies are taking various steps to increase DEI in their organizations. For example:
- 48% are hiring staff to support DEI or environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives
- 45% are making DEI information more accessible to staff and the public
- 45% are offering employees unconscious bias training
- 43% are creating employee resources or network groups to aid DEI
A look at one approach to help advance DEI
In Robert Half’s e-book, A Shared Journey to Inclusivity, we present several insights and considerations for businesses working to build greater inclusion and belonging across their organization, including:
- What diversity, equity and inclusion mean in the context of the modern workforce
- Ways to create and sustain a DEI strategy to help drive transformative change
- Practices to help guide a recruiting strategy that supports inclusion and belonging
- Strategies for engaging employees and earning their support for DEI initiatives
- Suggestions for how to create inclusive and safe spaces for employees
We recognize that what Robert Half has done so far to advance our DEI journey may not be the same approach taken by other organizations. However, by sharing our story, we aim to provide ideas and inspiration that can help businesses clarify their path to implementing and sustaining a DEI strategy that will be most effective for their organization and employees.