This is going to push a few buttons today… and I’m OK with that. What is the relationship between DEI & HR? Should there be one?
We need to start having some tough conversations and challenge the way things have operated with minimal results.
I’m a firm believer that diversity efforts (DEI, DEIJ, JEDI, and any iteration thereof) should not be a part of the human resources function of an organization. The current scope limits HR to internal people, processes, and procedures. This does not allow DEI efforts to be a critical aspect of other business functions beyond employees.
HR’s role is to mitigate risks and protect the company. If DEI ‘lives’ in HR, there is no entity within that structure that is actually FOR the employee. There may be individuals with empathy. However, they typically do not have the power to drive systemic change and/or are helplessly undergoing the same challenges.
In this week’s episode, Sacha chats with Dr. Shaunna Payne Gold about the connections and disconnections between DEI and HR and why they are more like cousins than siblings.
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