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Diversity & Inclusion Survey Tools: How to select the Best Platform for Your Business Goals

May 2024

The first crucial step in any initiative is understanding where you are. We're clearly biased but, for Diversity and Inclusion programmes, that means conducting regular EDI surveys to gauge employee sentiment, identify areas for improvement, and track progress over time.

Unsurprisingly, we believe that Divrsity is the best platform for most people's needs however we recognise that organisations are wrestling with slightly different constraints. So we thought it would be helpful to put together our thoughts on how to choose the most suitable EDI survey tool for your organization.

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The Power of Employee Resource Groups: driving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through ERGs

June 2024

Divrsity's EDI Survey Platform is an amazing way to uncover opportunities to improve Diversity and Inclusion; but Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are a powerful tool for helping to drive meaningful change.

Our comprehensive guide explores the benefits of ERGs, including statistics and real-life examples, and highlights the importance of supporting and empowering these groups.">mprovement, and track progress over time.

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Creating an Inclusive Recruitment Process: Strategies for Attracting Diverse Talent

May 2024

An inclusive recruitment process ensures that all candidates, regardless of their background or identity, have an equal opportunity to be considered for a role. This explores strategies for creating an inclusive recruitment process, including tips on job descriptions, interview questions, and candidate sourcing, with a focus on attracting diverse talent.

For example, sourcing is a particularly interesting opportunity and Divrsity enables you to run surveys across the candidate pools for different roles; providing data-driven insights into sourcing strategies.

In fact, a recent Divrsity client learned that women were 30% more likely to learn about one of their roles through colleagues/friends than via LinkedIn.

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The Power of Allyship: Unlocking Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

May 2024

Allyship is a critical aspect of creating an inclusive workplace where diverse individuals thrive. Being an ally demonstrates a commitment to standing with and supporting marginalized groups, ensuring that they feel valued, respected, and included.

This article will explore the significance of allyship, define what it means to be an ally, and offer practical tips for effectively supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace.

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Balancing Inclusion: Navigating the Intersection of Religion and LGBTQIA+ Rights in the Workplace

May 2024

One of our customers recently ran an IDE survey on the Divrsity platform, where one of the responses highlighted the complex interplay between religion and sexual orientation.

Some types of diversity are overemphasised to the detriment of others; for example, far too much emphasis is placed on sexual orientation and gender reassignment, and far too little on religion or belief. As an example of this, there is a culture of assuming that everyone should accept homosexuality as being correct, ignoring that many people's religious beliefs (including my own) (that) teach that homosexuality is wrong.

This employee clearly has a right to their personal beliefs and is asking for balance, but navigating this kind of issue without one's judgement being clouded by individual biases is incredibly difficult, so we thought it would be helpful to put together some thoughts on the subject.

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Diversity and Inclusion for UK Company Directors: A Comprehensive Guide

May 2024

Company directors have a legal duty to promote and encourage Diversity and Inclusion within their organizations. However, ensuring these practices are effectively implemented can be challenging, and company directors need to be aware of their responsibilities and the potential pitfalls.

This article provides an in-depth overview of the legal and ethical considerations for UK company directors regarding diversity and inclusion, including the benefits and challenges of gathering diversity and inclusion data.

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Legal and Ethical Considerations for Diversity and Inclusion Surveys in the UK: A Comprehensive Guide

May 2024

This article aims to provide a comprehensive guide to the current legal and ethical issues surrounding D&I surveys in the UK. By understanding these considerations, organizations can ensure their surveys are conducted ethically and in compliance with relevant laws; thereby protecting both the organization and its employees.

The Diversity Disaster Waiting to Happen... Why Outdated EDI Survey Questions Can Destroy Your Inclusion Efforts

May 2024

Writing your own Diversity and Inclusion questions is painful! It's incredibly time-consuming and, with the best will in the world, will be less good than Diversity and Inclusion Questions that have been through hundreds of interations across tens of thousands of surveys.

Consequently, Divrsity is uniquely placed to constantly learn, evolve, and ensure that our 56 template questions are constantly updated to a) generate meaningful insights and b) reflect the changing landscape of diversity and inclusion.

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17% of your organisation is Neurodiverse... that's an amazing opportunity to make impactful changes

May 2024

Analysing the data from thousands of Diversity and Inclusion surveys that have been run on the Divrsity platform reveals that 17% of participants said either "Yes" or "Prefer not to Say" when asked whether they are neurodiverse.

That's an enormous, and potentially invisible, cohort that can be made to feel included or excluded by organisational policies and behaviours.

This article provides a deeper look at our data, provides insight into neurodiversity, and offers practical advice on how to make your workplace more inclusive for neurodiverse colleagues.

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The Impact of the Generational Decline in Religious Belief

April 2024

We recently ran a Diversity and Inclusion Survey with an organisation where the percentage of people with a religious belief were wildly different to the surveys we'd run before.

Since the Divrsity platform automatically helps organisations identify and understand unusual data-points, we were immediately intregued to use the platform's data-analysis capabilities to understand the drivers.

Researching the data led us to the fascinating insight that religious belief is highly correlated with better mental health...

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The Impact of Caring Responsibilities on Inclusion & Belonging

April 2024

Across thousands of Diversity and Inclusion Surveys, we consistently see that Caring Responsibilities are highly correlated with workplace Inclusion and Belonging.

Here's why we believe that Caring Responsibilites should explicitly be the 10th Protected Characteristic...

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Job Applicant Diversity Surveys for Agency and In-House Recruitment Teams

March 2024

The recruitment process is arguably the most important opportunity to improve workplace Diversity but, until now, our platform has focused exclusively on surveying the existing workforce; providing deep insights into Inclusion, Equity, Bias and Belonging.

But we've listened to our customers and have extended our platform to provide Diversity Surveys for recruiters; extending data-driven Diversity insights into the candidate pool...

Learn More...

How AI helps us to deliver deeper D&I insights

Feb 2024

for many years, we've been using Big Data and Machine Learning to provide survey administrators with actionable insights into Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, Bias and Belonging.

We're now leveraging Artificial Intelligence (ChatGPT-like) to process information and generate deeper insights... the results that we're getting are just frighteningly good, and don't suffer from any bias that can often accompany manually summarised data.

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Are you failing Women over 50?

May 2024

Imagine walking into your office every day feeling like you're stuck in a perpetual heatwave, with hot flashes and mood swings making it difficult to focus on your work. Imagine having to take frequent bathroom breaks because of heavy bleeding, or dealing with the emotional turmoil of anxiety and depression.

This is the reality for millions of women going through menopause, however, its impact extends far beyond the individual: affecting not only their personal lives but also their professional careers.

Surveying offline colleagues

Feb 2024

Many organisations have large numbers of employees who don't regularly use e-mail, or even have regular access to a computer.

Our new Collective Survey capability ensures that these employee voices can be included in Diversity and Inclusion Surveys...

Solving FCA/PRA Diversity & Inclusion Data Collection, Reporting, and Disclosure Requirements

October 2023

The FCA/PRA are intending to introduce regulation that proposes mandatory Diversity & Inclusion reporting for regulated financial services organisations with more than 250 employees

Learn how Divrsity are providing a low cost way (less than £1,500 for organisations up to 20,000 employees) for regulated companies to fulfil all their data collection, reporting and disclosure requirements

Using Data to secure funding for your Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

October 2023

Inspired by a trip to a conference, a short poem about how data (and Divrsity EDI Surveys) can help secure funding for DE&I initiatives

Divrsity Dictionary: Caucasian

Sept 2023

'Caucasian' is often used to mean white european, but it's not only grossly inaccurate, it's also potentially offensive!

Championing DEI in Football

Aug 2023

Last weekend our CEO (Rochana) attended the annual Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage Referees (BAMREF) Conference; this year held at the home of English football: Wembley Stadium.

Learn why we're excited to be working with BAMREF and why we're excited about the future of DEI amongst football referees...

Divrsity Dictionary: Transgender

Jul 2023

A study conducted by Stonewall found that 51% of transgender people surveyed had hidden their identity at work for fear of discrimination, and that 12% had been physically attacked at work due to their gender identity!!!

Learn what "trans" means, and some simple steps we can all take to support the transgender community

Diversity & Inclusion Survey Communications Blueprint

Apr 2023

Running a DEI survey with Divrsity is super-simple: our expert-approved questions and lenses mean that it's easy to gain insight without causing offense.

However, the communication strategy can be the difference between 60% response rate and 92% response rate (the highest we have seen.

Divrsity Dictionary: Ableism

Apr 2023

“The Blind leading the blind”
“Falling on deaf ears”
“They are so OCD about cleaning”
“You're acting crazy”

Unfortunately, often without even realising it, many people use phrases every day that are ableist. This isn't something that's necessarily an individual's fault - we may have experienced previous generations use this kind of language and therefore have grown up thinking it's appropriate and acceptable.

Divrsity Dictionary: Intersectionality

Mar 2023

Perhaps you've heard the term being thrown around; you might have an inkling as to what it means, or you might be learning something new today! So, what does Intersectionality mean in the context of DE&I and why is it important?

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What are Lenses, and how do they help create actionable insights?

Updated Aug 2023

Lenses are one of the most important concepts in Divrsity. Creating lenses that make sense to your organisation generates insights that lead to meaningful improvements in Diversity & Inclusion.

Ensuring Participant Anonymity

Updated Sept 2022

Divrsity has been designed and built to obsessively protect the anonymity of EDI Survey participants. Learn more about how we do this.

Here be Dragons: Diversity & Inclusion Myths, Misconceptions and Mistakes

Mar 2022

Despite the best intentions, many diversity and inclusion efforts fail to live up to their laudable goals.

We've distilled our experience into a set of common myths, misconceptions, and mistakes that can sink your EDI initiative.

Diversity Dictionary: The Difference Between Equity and Equality?

Mar 2022

In the pursuit of a just and fair society, two concepts are often intertwined: equality and equity.

While they share similar goals, they differ significantly in their approaches and outcomes. Equality focuses on treating everyone the same, whereas equity aims to address the unique needs and barriers faced by diverse individuals and groups. Understanding the distinction between these two concepts is vital for creating a truly inclusive and just environment.

Embracing Diversity and Inclusion: What is EDI?

Mar 2022

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) refers to the intentional creation of an environment where individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, ages, genders, sexual orientations, religions, abilities, and identities feel valued, respected, and empowered to contribute their unique perspectives and talents. .

Start with Why

Mar 2022

Find out about why we built Divrsity, the problems we're trying to solve, and why we should all care.

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Startup Tales: Building a SaaS Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) tool on AWS

Mar 2022

A technical blog, focusing on the choice of AWS as our tech provider. The benefits and lessons learned