DEI Mistakes Companies Made in 2022

  • Source: McKinsey & Company
  • Author: Ashton Jackson
  • Date Published: January 19, 2023

Last year, DEI progress in the workplace stalled for the first time since 2017. Not only has this turned younger generations away from applying to certain companies and industries, but it’s also caused workers to be more burned out — both issues that leaders can tackle in 2023 with the right game plan. 

According to a recent report from Gallup, three out of 10 U.S. employees say they’re burned out “very often” or “always.” What’s more, employees who felt discrimination were more than twice as likely to report high levels of burnout, showing that access to DEI programs is essential to workplace well-being.

Zee Clarke, author of Black People Breathe and mindfulness & breathwork expert for BIPOC communities, says that the current approach that many companies have regarding diversity seems more like a “branding strategy” to attract more workers, rather than an actual commitment — and employees can tell the difference. 

“What’s lacking from this strategy is the taking care of the Black and brown people that are working at those companies today. And that’s the way I felt when I was working in corporate, is that the DEI initiatives were not for me. That Gallup study resonated [with me] so much, because I didn’t feel respected and valued.”

According to Clarke, these are the things companies got wrong in 2022, and ways to fix them in 2023: 

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