Join Catherine Mattice Zundel for an in-depth discussion in this video Step 1: Conducting An Audit, part of Managing Diversity.
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- "If you don't know where you're going,…"you'll wind up somewhere else."…This is a quote from Yogi Berra.…Perhaps more famous for his nonsensical quotes…than for his time on the New York Yankees.…Yogi's quote makes perfect sense…when it comes to diversity audits.…Yogi was trying to say…that you have to have a road map.…In this case, that's your audit plan.…It will tell you exactly where you're going…and how you will get there.…Only after you have a plan…can you get started on the audit itself.…The first step in putting together your audit…is to develop the scope.…
This will help you understand the reasons…behind your diversity initiative.…Companies often explore diversity…to get government contracts, avoid lawsuits,…meet industry standards, or to build an inclusive climate.…The list of reasons is long.…Whatever your reason,…your scope should be one clear sentence…that describes the focus of your audit.…Here are some examples.…"This audit aims to determine our compliance…"with state and federal regulations."…Or, "This audit seeks to understand opportunities…
She outlines a process for creating a strategic plan and benchmarks for success. To bring your plan to life, she provides tips for implementing a diversity policy, recruiting and hiring, and asking diversity-related questions during interviews. (Compliance issues are also discussed along the way.) Catherine also explains how to integrate diversity within the performance management processes, including measuring employees on their ability to work well with others and measuring managers on their ability to drive and implement diversity initiatives.
Last, she covers "people practices," such as improving communication through open-door policies and ensuring work-life balance accommodates employees' lives and family responsibilities. When you're faced with organizational challenges, such as resistance to change, prejudice, or fear, Catherine provides tools to address them head-on.