Diversity Down to the Letter: Measuring Diversity Success


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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