If your organization is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace, you can be certain getting to success will be a long and challenging journey. To make meaningful progress, change must occur at two levels – the individual and the system.
Yet, when organizations act, resistance stirs. At the individual level, employees may deny the existence of bias and the reality of microaggressions – those demeaning words and actions, aimed at members of marginalized cultural groups, that are hurtful and cause harm. At the systems level, resistance may manifest in words that sound good, but in practice they maintain the status quo.
To advance towards your goals, mindfully and courageously work through the fears and resistance. Educate the workforce. Design and implement policies and practices that enable equity, and keep moving forward. Measurable forward progress is desperately needed.