How I’m Staying Relevant During Economic Uncertainty

While it’s certainly true that the economic climate has led some companies to make layoffs and cut back on their resource allocation (across the board, not only to DEI efforts), it’s important to remember that diversity, equity, and inclusion are still critical issues that must be addressed.

As a DEI consultant, here are a few ways I think I can stay relevant and help companies demonstrate their ongoing commitment to DEI while still working within their budget constraints:

Focus on low-cost or no-cost DEI initiatives:

While it’s important to have adequate resources to support DEI efforts, there are many low-cost or no-cost initiatives that can still make a difference. For example, companies can implement regular unconscious bias training, promote diverse representation in their social media and marketing campaigns, or create opportunities for cross-cultural learning and collaboration among employees.

Prioritize targeted outreach to underrepresented groups:

Even with limited resources, companies can still prioritize outreach to underrepresented groups, such as partnering with community organizations or universities to reach a more diverse candidate pool. This can also include creating mentorship or networking programs that connect marginalized employees with senior leaders or external networks.

Emphasize accountability and metrics:

It’s important for companies to have clear metrics and accountability structures in place to ensure that their DEI efforts are making a measurable impact. As a consultant, you can help companies create DEI goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART), and then regularly track and report on progress toward these goals.

Encourage cross-functional collaboration:

DEI efforts should not be the sole responsibility of a single department or individual within a company. Instead, DEI should be integrated into all aspects of the organization, from recruitment and hiring to marketing and product development. As a consultant, you can encourage cross-functional collaboration to ensure that DEI is prioritized throughout the company.

Stay up-to-date on best practices and trends:

Finally, as a DEI consultant, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest best practices and trends in the field. By staying informed and continuously learning, you can bring new ideas and strategies to your clients and help them stay ahead of the curve on DEI issues.