CXR Recommends: Are Your DEI Initiatives Actually Tokenism?

What can employers do to move beyond DEI tokenism?

There’s nothing worse than the feeling that you weren’t hired to make a difference but rather tolerated as a required diversity hire. If organizations are merely checking off boxes, instead of setting intentional policies to support diverse employees, they’re setting those employees up to fail.

An interesting article from explores how some DEI efforts may actually be tokenism. It’s well worth the read and gives us something to ponder. Here are just a few examples from the article:

  • Hiring a diversity council with no diversity in its leadership positions
  • A company that lacks diversity but puts Black and Latinx people prominently in their marketing materials
  • Focusing on diversity in hiring but not retention

What can employers do to move beyond tokenism? Dropping college-degree requirements, adopting flexible work policies, tech training apprenticeships, and employee resource groups are just a few examples.

Check out the full article and accompanying webinar here.

Gerry Crispin

Gerry Crispin

Gerry co-authored eight books on the evolution of staffing and has written 100s of articles and whitepapers on similar topics during a career in Human Resources that spans more than 40 years from HR leadership positions at Johnson and Johnson; to boutique Executive Search firms; a Career Services Director at the University where he received his Engineering and 2 advanced degrees in Organizational/Industrial Behavior; and, GM of a major recruitment advertising firm even as he launched CareerXroads 25 years ago.

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