HR as Strategic Diversity Partners
To effectively integrate Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) in the HR role, HR professionals need to implement strategies for addressing conscious and unconscious biases in HR systems. Unconscious Biases are pervasive in most societies, and often people are unaware of their unconscious biases. It is important to address unconscious biases because behaviors that may arise from biases can demoralize team members and, undermine engagement and productivity.
While unconscious biases are pervasive, research shows that they are also possible to change. The FLEX Model, developed by Ibis Consulting Group, is a useful tool to address biases and promote inclusion.
Let’s apply this tool to a HR scenario.
As an HR member, you have just finished meeting with Claire, a senior manager, about a staffing matter. As she is leaving your office, she brings up another issue.
A few days later, before you’ve had a chance to follow up with Claire, Mario drops by your office.
You’d like to help Claire and Mario improve their communication and address any issues that are hampering their effectiveness. Using the FLEX model, you can work with Claire to effectively address this situation. Here are a few ideas on using the first piece of the FLEX model:
Stay tuned for ideas on using other pieces of the FLEX model to address unconscious biases…..