by JT Saunders, originally posted by Korn Ferry in KF Insights
For decades, company leaders have been saying they want to make their organizations more inclusive and diverse. Those efforts became even more widespread in the wake of the George Floyd killing. Now, as the US celebrates Black History month, experts worry that there will be three headwinds that could make DEI efforts harder for leaders who aren’t diligent.
No matter how leaders face these challenges, the steps they take will reverberate for years, says JT Saunders, Korn Ferry’s chief diversity officer. Generation Z, which has grown up believing that diverse, inclusive environments are essential, is just now entering the workforce. Employers whose DEI efforts falter risk damaging their reputations with this essential segment of the workforce, he says.
So, what are the headwinds leaders are facing? We examine each one—and offer solutions.