Prompted by a shift in national sentiment, many companies have made a commitment to creating a workplace that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). If your organization is part of that movement and you’re implementing a DEI program (or planning to), you could be facing some challenging resistance. The good news is that there are effective strategies for managing resistance to DEI.
To advance our knowledge in this area, my colleagues and I at Kantola Training Solutions connected with customers and partners and asked them about the challenges they faced in launching and implementing a DEI program. We incorporated what we learned into an overall strategic framework for developing a DEI program called the Leadership Primer: Building a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program. We further canvassed the issue in a webinar, The DEI journey: Managing resistance, finding opportunities, held in partnership with Littler, a leader in labor and employment law. Let me share some of what we learned, along with some additional strategies and solutions.