Industry-leading organizations have two things in common: they have inclusive leaders, and they are intentional about corporate diversity.
In this era of both a global pandemic and increased social unrest, too many organizations and executives have collectively taken their eyes off these two things. Instead, they have reduced diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts and allowed the silence and the conflict around diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility to spread like cancer throughout their business culture and workforce.
A pulse survey by the research firm The Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) found that 27% of organizations have put all or most D&I initiatives on hold because of their response to the pandemic. And 12% say that D&I is less of a consideration when companies are making decisions about workforce changes such as reductions, promotions, special assignments, and compensation. Eliminating the intentionality on diversity and inclusion can result in low morale, low productivity, high turnover, discrimination claims, and toxic workplace culture. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), American employers lose nearly half of a billion dollars in discrimination claims annually.
Anton Gunn has seen the negative impact of a failed diversity strategy on business.
In 2014, the crisis of race and injustice nearly consumed the culture of a $1 billion academic healthcare system in protests and discrimination claims. His expertise as a strategic advisor to the President and CEO and the executive team led to impactful initiatives that improved employee engagement, workplace culture, and community relations – fueling their growth strategy to nearly $3 billion in revenue and resulting in the organization making the Forbes List of America’s Top Employers for Diversity.
In this program, Anton reveals how anyone can build an industry-leading organization if they gain The Diversity Advantage. By learning and embracing a few leadership traits modeled by some of the best organizations, you can build your company culture and boost your bottom line.