Workplace Assessments to Plan and Manage Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
There are many reasons why you may need to assess all or part of your organization. One common motivation is determining organizational readiness for a new diversity and inclusion in the workplace initiative or some other pending change intervention. This is frequently referred to as a culture or readiness assessment.
A diversity and inclusion workplace assessment may also be appropriate whenever one or more of the following indicators is present:
Unusually high turnover and low retention. This may involve key talent and specific groups within the employee population. The immediate impact is readily visible, including the time and expense of hiring and training replacements.
These indicators can reinforce or drive each other - a problem with one can lead to problems in all others. All have significant potential business impact.
An unsupportive or hostile work environment forces employees to focus on their personal safety and well being. This leads to lower productivity, lower morale, and greater exposure to lawsuits. Ultimately, such a work environment reinforces all the above indicators and leads to a downward spiral in profits.
Please note: For individual assessments and professional development, see Executive coaching .
MDB Group provides five types of diversity and inclusion workplace assessments to address these issues. Our assessments start with in-depth conversations to understand your specific situation and desired outcomes. We typically use interviews, surveys, focus groups, and data analysis as appropriate for the circumstances.
The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) is an invaluable diagnostic tool in many culture / readiness and climate assessments. IDI measures how individuals, teams, and organizations currently experience cultural difference. This indicates potential effectiveness in communicating and working with people of different cultural backgrounds. IDI provides the data needed to design strategy and action plan recommendations well matched to the organization's current state. This maximizes the likelihood of success while reducing the possibility of creating backlash.
MDB Group is certified to administer and interpret the IDI as part of our consulting services.
Assessments, simple or extensive, are customized to your needs.
Typical Questions Answered
Sample D&I results
See representative results achieved by MDB Group's principals at Workplace assessments.
Individual assessments and professional development are at Executive coaching .
As a core tool, workplace assessments from simple to complex relate to almost all our work. Click the links below for more insight:
Diversity metrics and scorecards
Diversity strategies: new, reinvigorated, and add-ons
Diversity website information and tools
Employee network groups
Executive briefings and workshops
Morale and turnover/retention
Productive and supportive work environments
Workforce productivity, innovation, and creativity
Please call us so that together we can start addressing your specific situation.
MDB Group Business-Aligned® D&I Solutions
D&I Application Note (PDF): Grow Your Organization through Business-Aligned® D&I Planning
Spotlight on Building Inclusion
Almost all organizations say they want a more-inclusive workplace. Some can define what this looks like. Very few organizations achieve anything close to “full inclusion". Why? It takes a change in mindset about diversity and cultural difference.
Growing an organization and its business through full inclusion typically demands some mix of the PICAS factors (Productivity, Innovation, Creativity, Agility, and Safety). Full inclusion requires cultural and behavioral change from the CEO to the newest employee. To learn more visit these pages: