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Wednesday Buzz: Is Your Organization as Inclusive as You Think It Is?

By / Jul 19, 2017 (rawpixel/Pixabay)

Here’s how you can tell if your diversity and inclusion program is really making a difference. Also: Google’s new news feed follows in Facebook’s steps.

Your association may have gone to considerable effort to increase its commitment to diversity and inclusion. To measure your results, you’re most likely analyzing hiring, promotion, and workforce demographics metrics, but those numbers aren’t telling you the whole story.

Knowing the racial and gender composition of your staff isn’t enough to determine if your D+I initiatives are having an impact. “Rather, a truly inclusive organization contains a diverse cross-section of employees who actually interact with one another,” researchers Bogdan Yamkovenko and Stephen Tavares write in Harvard Business Review.

HBR recommends employing an organizational network analysis (ONA) tool, which can visually represent the degree of inclusiveness in your association. Yamkovenko and Tavares spoke to one firm that used an ONA to test gender inclusion.

“As the firm mapped this information, it made an unsettling discovery: Despite the company’s efforts to support diversity and inclusion, women employees were less likely to be involved in decision making and innovation than men,” the authors write, adding that “the company might be suffering the effects of unconscious bias among its staff.”

Google’s News Feed

Google is putting the data it has collected about you to an interesting new use. The search giant is introducing its own version of a news feed, like Facebook’s, to its mobile search page.

“Starting Wednesday, if you use the Pixel smartphone or the Google app (for Android and iOS), you’ll see this personalized feed,” reports Aarti Shahani in an NPR story. “It will continually draw from what Google has learned about you across its suite of products—such as search, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, the Google Home assistant, and Chromecast.”

If you’re worried about embarrassing content showing up in your news feed, Google says it is “using technology to filter out ‘potentially upsetting or sensitive content.’”

Other Links of Note

What social data do you really need to analyze? The CoSchedule blog shares a breakdown of the metrics you need and how to find them.

Chances are, at least some of your employees work remotely from time to time. BizTech shares the tools you need to make remote work successful.

Budget cutting is often necessary, but trim with care. Know Your Own Bone reveals the negative effects of slashing your marketing budget.

Raegan Johnson

Raegan Johnson is a contributor to Associations Now. More »

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