Category: News & Knowledge

Fixing the Flawed Approach to Diversity

(Boston Consulting Group, Jan 2019, by M. Kretz and others) ABSTRACT: This article begins with the observation that while many companies and their leaders recognise the benefits that diversity brings and have instituted various kinds of diversity initiatives, across the board the reality is that progress has been slow. (The authors are, of course not …

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Organisations can and should measure their employees’ sense of belonging

Symmetra has long advocated objectively rating and benchmarking the salient features of a diverse and inclusive workplace. One of the most important indicators of the level of inclusivity in a workplace is whether employees have a positive sense of belonging. Belonging advances employee engagement, motivation, identification with the goals of the business and collaboration. It is pleasing …

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The Other Diversity Dividend

P Gompers and S Kovvali – Harvard Business Review – July/August 2018 Statistical data in a number of areas gives support to the view that harnessing the benefits of diverse thinking brings about positive real world results While there are good grounds for believing that diverse organisations tend to generate a broader range of ideas, …

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Why the Typical Performance Review is Overwhelmingly Biased

B Jones and D Rock – Psychology Today – May 2018 This article offers an interesting new perspective on how to mitigate the biases which creep into performance appraisals. Biases infiltrate themselves into many of the decisions we make daily. Recognising this means we need to guard against the harmful results flowing to ourselves and …

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Delivering Through Diversity

V Hunt, S Prince, S Dixon-Fyle, L Yee – McKinsey & Company Report – January 2018 This new research report by McKinsey is a follow-up to their 2015 report “Why Diversity Matters” and extends the mounting body of evidence supporting diversity as a means to better organisational performance. Significantly it is an attempt to determine whether the perceived benefits …

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How Artificial Intelligence will Stimulate Cognitive Diversity in the Workplace

Artificial Intelligence (AI): a branch of computer science which enables a machine to imitate intelligent human behaviour and which through artificial neural networks is capable of learning through experience. The arrival of the technological wave created by artificial intelligence has elicited a huge number of assessments and predictions as to what this means for the …

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6 Neuroscientific Principles to Make Inclusion Training Better

Recently, we have seen many criticisms of inclusion and diversity training programs, which sadly may not be a surprise to many who have had to sit through such programs with too much “fluffy” content and telling people what to do – little of which is absorbed or acted upon by the participants. There is good news however, because research in neuroscience and cognitive …

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Embed and Sustain Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace with E-Challenge

E-Challenge is Symmetra’s unique diversity and inclusion online learning platform, built to empower leaders and teams to embed inclusive behaviours for the long term. Using a unique gamified approach that encourages learners to compete and complete, E-Challenge addresses the full spectrum of diversity and inclusion topics with a continuously evolving library of 10-minute interactive Learning …

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