What the data says about accelerating change for Black employee experiences

As the business community looks to drive change around diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, the research shows five common challenges that must be addressed.

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In the past six months, several research studies have benchmarked employee attitudes and recommended how companies can better support diverse employees and improve structural racism, both within organizations and society.

Two companies stand out in this research area: McKinsey and Lean In. While the studies and reports are well done, the findings are troublesome. The numbers show that significant and focused work is needed to ensure equity and parity for Black employees. As the communication function increasingly becomes a leader in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space within organizations, we must be the champions for change.

“The insights from the recent McKinsey and Lean In studies are a powerful confirmation of our pervasive equity and inclusion challenges and a blueprint for moving forward for underrepresented groups in the workplace, particularly the Black community and people of color,” says Carmella Glover, president of the Diversity Action Alliance.

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