Magazine article HRMagazine

Diversity Policies' Impact Often Not Measured

Magazine article HRMagazine

Diversity Policies' Impact Often Not Measured

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Although the nation's growing number of minorities underscores the need for robust workplace diversity programs, many employers don't provide diversity training and don't measure the impact of their diversity practices, according to a new survey by the Society for Human Resource Management.

The research, published on April 8, 2014, is based on responses gathered from 292 HR professionals in the fall of 2013.

Minorities constitute more than onethird of the U.S. population, and their share of the population is growing at a faster rate than that of nonminorities.

"This basic demographic shift-coupled with greater public advocacy and awareness recently concerning differences in ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation-has magnified the need for diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace," the researchers wrote.

Among the notable results:

* 76 percent of respondents' workplaces had no policy addressing gender identity and/or gender expression. …

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