Just 3% of HR professionals say they have expertise in diversity, equality and inclusion while 80% of HR professionals labelled themselves as ‘beginners’, according to a study by San Francisco-based Josh Bersin analysts.
76% of companies showed no diversity or inclusion goals of any nature and 75% of companies do not include it in their leadership development. The survey comprises 804 HR professionals across industries, geographies, and company sizes.
“There is huge momentum toward having more women on boards, greater gender pay equity, and ever-more diligence in equal opportunity compliance, however, this is a highly complicated area and how to effect meaningful change here is a challenging issue”, Jersin told HR Magazine.
“This is likely why the research found HR professionals don’t feel proficient in the area, or ready to take the decisions necessary.”
“As our research discovered, very few businesses hold themselves properly accountable for EDI in their regular business practices.”
“Indeed 40% see diversity as primarily a compliance issue, but many companies rely on tactics of unconscious bias training or view it as a recruiting problem, rather than having a comprehensive business strategy which permeates every decision the company makes.”
Just 12% of companies in the report said they compensate or track senior leaders for achievement of specific inclusion and diversity goals. How diversity makes companies stronger during the pandemic (McKinsey report)