Evidence Based Solutions for D&I in the workplace

Anyone involved in HR and Diversity Issues knows - what we are doing isn't really working. We still have bias. We still have discrimination. We still have problems with inclusion. And none of the initiatives seem to make a dent. Some do, it specific cases, but as a problem plaguing society and our workplace, it's pretty sticky.

This is why I want to share the Evidence Based D&I HR Magazine article: https://www.dropbox.com/s/amz5hisptr6d036/Evidence-Based%20D%26I%20HR%20Magazine%20May17.pdf

We need to use more science to help us solve these problems.  One of the ways we try to solve D&I problems is by compiling reports about experiences of black, asian, minority and ethnic people in organizations to ask about their experiences. And these stories are useful to help us understand the impact of the dynamics and experiences that people are having in an organization.

What this doesn't do is help us come up with solutions to fix them. It is simply not enough to tell stories to try and get people to care. There are other sciences we can bring in to help us. Like, behavioral science, or sociology or psychology.

Another thing that won't work is "solutioneering" which I refer to as proxy problems. Where people decide that the problem is we have not instituted a particular solution. When that might not be the problem at all.

One of these "solutions" is unconscious bias training. But the evidence is that this training doesn't actually change behavior. (http://humanisthappiness.blogspot.com/2018/11/does-unconscious-bias-training-work.html) There are several reasons why that is the case - one of which is what I teach - the science behind how behaviors are actually changed. https://humanistlearning.com/change1/

The advice they give is please don't just act so you can be seen to be doing something. Do something that will actually work. This requires decision makes to be conscientious, explicit and judicious in seeking out and using evidence to design your intervention. 

FYI - I will be interviewing Rob Briner (one of the co-authors) regarding using evidence based management practice. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evidence-based-practice-to-make-better-decisions-humanistic-professionals-lunch-and-learn-tickets-53964850320

And if you want to learn some of the science on how to actually get behaviors to change - contact me for a training. https://humanistlearning.com/contact-us/

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