Covid enhanced diversity and inclusion initiatives of companies: Intel survey

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Covid enhanced diversity and inclusion initiatives of companies: Intel survey

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“There has been a heightened consciousness about equity, inclusion and diversity in the workforce,” said Anjali Rao, Senior Director – HR, Intel India.

The survey showed that technology plays a key role in achieving DE&I goals as 94 per cent of respondents with a hybrid workforce in India agreed that technology will make it easier to achieve their DE&I goals.

The Covid 19 pandemic has been a catalyst for enhancing and accelerating the diversity and inclusion initiatives of companies, showed a survey by Intel. Nearly 81 per cent of the business leaders surveyed in India said that the workplace disruptions caused by the pandemic have had a positive impact on diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives in their organisations, demonstrating how remote workspaces and hybrid work models have been successful for achieving diversity goals, according to the India findings of a global survey of over 3,000 business leaders across 17 countries, including 200 from India.

“There has been a heightened consciousness about equity, inclusion and diversity in the workforce even as the pandemic hit and now that orgainsations are gradually getting back to work,” said Anjali Rao, Senior Director – HR, Intel India.

“This survey sheds light on the fact that with the right mindset and a culture that promotes employee wellbeing and technology, we can accelerate the journey toward a more diverse and inclusive workforce,” said Rao.

About 69 per cent of survey participants who have set DE&I goals said they want to achieve them in the next two years, and 77 per cent of those are confident in the company’s ability to do so – compared to 66 per cent of business leaders globally.

In thinking about how changing work models will impact DE&I at work, 71 per cent of Indian leaders whose companies offer hybrid work options said their organisation has significantly adapted DE&I initiatives for a hybrid workforce. That compares to 60 per cent of leaders globally, suggesting Indian businesses are at the forefront of anticipating inclusion challenges in an evolving workplace.

“As organisations plan for the next phase of work — whether remote, in-person, or hybrid — leaders need to continue thinking differently about DE&I,” said Rao. The pandemic has opened doors to newer talent and made managers realise that you don’t need to always have people around to get work done,” she added.

The survey also showed that technology plays a key role in achieving DE&I goals as 94 per cent of respondents with a hybrid workforce in India agreed that technology will make it easier to achieve their DE&I goals. Over half (51 per cent) of respondents said that exploring how technology might help bolster their DE&I commitments is one of their top three priorities in the next 12 months.

Nearly 66 per cent of the business decision makers said that remote working and digitalisation has made it easier to hire from underrepresented groups, and 57 per cent said that the acceleration of digital transformation spurred by the pandemic has encouraged the adoption of new tools that will support inclusivity.

Nearly 36 per cent of business leaders said there’s room for their company to invest more in systems and initiatives that promote DE&I. In terms of barriers to success, 45 per cent said that a lack of investment in the tools and technologies to innovate is a key challenge that could prevent their company from reaching its DE&I goals.

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