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IDEA: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility

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September 24, 2024

IDEA are core values that many organizations strive to embody within the workplace.

Diversity accounts for who is represented in the workplace in terms of gender, age, ethnicity, physical ability and neurodiversity.

Equity refers to fair treatment for all people while taking into consideration each person’s unique circumstances.

Inclusion denotes how individuals experience the workplace and to what extent organizations enable employees to make meaningful contributions.

Accessibility is about creating a welcoming and productive workplace for individuals to fulfill their role safely and efficiently.

Research shows that companies that fully practice and demonstrate IDEA are better able to respond to challenges, win top talent and meet the needs of different customer bases. For organizations and people leaders, this requires ensuring diverse talent is well represented, leadership is held accountable, transparency and equal opportunity principles are followed, microaggressions and biases are eliminated, and a sense of belonging is consistently fostered.

In this context, HR professionals are often at the forefront of driving change and policy updates. Yet, to do so meaningfully calls for organizational structures to evolve and adapt. Indeed, there are definite gaps at the intersection of HR and DEI. These gaps are worsened by instances of DEI falling to HR leaders without a competency framework. Making matters more complex are emerging workplace considerations such as AI and its increased use in practice on the one hand, and hard-coded business structures that are slow to change on the other.

Attend this micro-conference to explore the best practices and lessons learnt by organizations that are successfully implementing IDEA practices.

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