Join Catherine Mattice Zundel for an in-depth discussion in this video Step 2: Creating A Strategic Plan, part of Managing Diversity.
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"We are at our best when we draw on the talents…"of all parts of our society,…"and our greatest accomplishments are achieved…"when diverse perspectives are brought to bear…"to overcome our greatest challenges."…President Obama said this in his Executive Order…to promote diversity and inclusion…in the federal workforce.…It also appears on the cover of the strategic plan…that came out of that order,…the plan that outlines the three key goals…and action steps required…to create more diversity and inclusion, or D&I,…in the federal workforce.…Creating a culture of diversity and inclusion…doesn't happen by chance.…
It's an intentional effort that requires planning.…There are four easy steps you can take…to implement your own strategic plan.…The first step is to put together a task force,…and ensure members from all…organizational levels are represented.…Too often, strategic plans are created…by the C-suite or Board of Directors,…but you'll get more buy-in on your D&I initiative…if all levels are involved.…The second step is to review your diversity audit data…
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.