Leading NOW's Center for Diversity & Inclusion Announces Innovative New Tool for Organizations to Assess Culture
Leading NOW, the global advisor to organizations seeking to change mindsets, behaviors, and cultures to be inclusive for all, announces a new online diagnostic cultural assessment tool created by its Center for Diversity & Inclusion. This proprietary, research-driven, and field-tested Inclusive Culture Assessment (ICA), was created to give companies quantifiable data on their culture, leadership and equity, including a deep understanding of the views of its workforce, and how they experience the organization. This unique assessment tool is designed to provide insights to all sizes of organizations, from small and mid-range, to large global entities.
Why it is Important to Assess Your Inclusive Culture Intelligently
...If we are to have any chance of making a serious difference, especially when it comes to Equity, we need to be much clearer about what we are up against.
Leading NOW has developed an Inclusive Culture Assessment (ICA) that seeks to do just this. Rather than a knee-jerk prescription, the assessment seeks to identify the specific Leadership, Cultural, and Equity-frustrating behaviours that underpin the kind of organisational barriers and attitudes that we routinely encounter on the road to a more inclusive workplace.
The Inclusive Culture Assessment is a focused, 45 question survey that pinpoints some of mindsets that frustrate employees with a different perspective, and will undermine genuine attempts at achieving greater equity that the organisation is intending to make. The ICA should, in other words, offer a clearer insight into the actual challenge(s) that your organisation needs to address. There is, after all, no point in sending everyone on awareness training if the critical issue concerns the commitment of senior leaders. Equally there is little merit in continuing to focus on culture, if the data tells us that real Equity has not been achieved...
Do You Know How Your Employees *Really* Feel About Your Organization?
Do you know how your employees really feel about your organization?
If you read this question and answered “no”, isn’t it time you asked?
And even if the answer was “yes”, do you really know?
Do you know how your employees are experiencing your organization’s culture?
Do they feel included?
Are your company’s leaders demonstrating inclusive behavior?
Do your employees see them demonstrating inclusive behavior?
These are important questions you should make sure you know the answers to...
Building a Road Map to an Inclusive Culture
...Your DE&I road trip begins with these five (5) things:
Level-set with a Cultural Assessment-
This is not the same as an employee engagement survey. A true cultural assessment will help you better understand how your employees experience the organization, and whether their perspectives are aligned with those of the leadership. It’s likely they aren’t, but this is the critical information needed in order to baseline and measure the ROI of the DE&I work, and more surgically address the areas of opportunity to create momentum, proof points and trust in the process. You can’t begin your road trip without this assessment, or you will never reach your destination...
Three Things Organizations Must Do In 2021 In Support Of DE&I
... The following are the three things I advise every organization to do in 2021 — regardless of what they've done in the past or where they are on their DE&I journey — to set their organization up for achieving a culture of inclusion.
- Do a cultural assessment.
It's critical for leaders to understand how their employee base experiences the organization and learn whether their perspectives are aligned with those of the leadership. If you don't do an assessment, you'll never know how to measure the ROI of the DE&I work you have plans to do. Set the foundation by doing a real cultural assessment, not an employee engagement survey, which won't give you the answers you need. What should come out of a culture assessment is an understanding of how your employees experience the culture of the company, how they see the leadership of the company and how they view equity across the employee base...