Diversity Down to the Letter: Measuring Diversity Success

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HR Magazine, June 2004

Are your company's diversity efforts yielding concrete, positive results? Ask these questions to gauge the effects of your initiatives, says Linda S. Gravett, SPHR, a senior partner with Gravett and Associates, an HR consulting firm in Cincinnati.

  • Do you have a strategic plan for diversity that's aligned with your organization's strategic plan?

  • Are there formal policies and procedures for promoting an inclusive work environment?

  • Have you made the business case for diversity? Do you know what the return on investment in time and resources will be?

  • Do you have a diversity steering council?

  • Do you have a career development initiative that strives to craft tailored, individual development plans for employees?

  • Do managers receive diversity training?

  • Have you completed sexual harassment prevention training?

  • Do you have an in-house diversity resource center?

  • Do you acknowledge and celebrate diversity on an ongoing basis?

  • Does your company offer advanced courses on communication, conflict resolution and team building?
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