The Importance of Social Recognition

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A recent survey conducted by Workhuman found that “Overall, 71 percent of all respondents said their company has made noticeable progress around DE&I since last year. And despite this majority, 40 percent of [people of color] employees surveyed stated their company has not made noticeable progress.”

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A recent survey conducted by Workhuman found that “Overall, 71 percent of all respondents said their company has made noticeable progress around DE&I since last year. And despite this majority, 40 percent of [people of color] employees surveyed stated their company has not made noticeable progress.” Social recognition is at the heart of the problem.

In the last year, DEI work surged throughout corporate America. We have seen organizations make statements on DEI, launch DEI initiatives, and invest heavily in DEI; however, none of these activities guarantee progress. The survey results highlight that there is no quick fix for DEI and that there is work to be done. One practice critical to improving DEI is social recognition or making your employees feel heard, valued, seen, and appreciated. But how can company leadership scale social recognition, especially in large organizations?

There is no simple answer to this question. A focal point of social recognition is actively listening to employees and responding to what they say. This practice is scalable across both company size and industry. ideascape can act as your partner in surveying the state of DEI in your organization and devising an integrated DEI strategy that enables continuous employee feedback and adjustment. Contact Jonathan Dyke and Deon Gaines to learn more.

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