The power of having accurate and relevant trend data on diversity and inclusion at your fingertips cannot be underestimated. Not only will it enable you to understand the current state of D&I in your organisation, but also help you make informed decisions about setting future state aspirations and the best way forward with your strategy and initiatives.
DCA recommends two main sources of data:
- Diversity surveys are a powerful tool for understanding the mix of employees in your organisation, and can help you make informed decisions about the future direction and aspirations of your diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives and overall business strategies.
- Benchmarking the state of inclusion in your organisation via the DCA Inclusive Employers Index.
1. Diversity surveys
Diversity surveys are generally used to capture baseline data about workforce diversity – that is, the demographic mix of employees in your organisation.
DCA has developed a comprehensive guide for our members - D&I 101 - Conducting a Diversity Survey, which answers these key questions, provides sample wording for all diversity demographic groups and benchmarking information.
Members can login to access this guide and read more information about conducting a diversity survey.
2. Benchmarking the state of inclusion in your organisation
Many organisations have policies and strategies detailing their commitment to Diversity & Inclusion (D&I). But often, organisations don’t understand what their employees think about diversity & inclusion or what impact is it having on their employee’s experiences of inclusion (or exclusion) at work.
One way to understand the impact that D&I initiatives are having in your organisation is via DCA’s Inclusive Employers Index.
The DCA Inclusive Employers Index is a survey open only to DCA members that enables organisations to map and track the state of inclusion in their workforce benchmarked against leading D&I employers.
The survey gathers data on your workers from a range of demographic backgrounds (e.g., Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, age, cultural background, disability status, gender, sexual orientation).
By taking part in the Index, DCA Members can measure diversity and inclusion in their workforce and its impact, and compare findings to national and DCA Member benchmarks. The survey provides data points for:
- Diversity: The diversity of your workforce
- Inclusion: Your employees’ experience of workplace inclusion
- Impact: The impact of workplace inclusion on team and employee outcomes
- WGEA: WGEA’s Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2019-20 Citation employee survey questions
- Leading Practice Benchmark: Your diversity and inclusion results compared to a DCA-Member Leading Practice Benchmark, as well as access to a Standard Practice Benchmark, derived from a nationally representative survey of 3000 Australian workers (National Index).
- Profiling as an Inclusive Employer 2021-2022 DCA publicly promotes on its website and associated communications inclusive employers that participate in the DCA Member Inclusion@Work Index (with the organisation’s permission).
The Inclusive Employers Index runs annually.