Martin Luther King’s actual birthday was Sunday, so we’re celebrating MLK day today! So, here are three diversity resources for MLK day!
The first of three diversity resources for MLK day is this site with 54 Diversity in the Workplace Statistics to Know. Here are a few of the notable stats:
- Companies with highly diverse teams noticed a significant increase in cash flow — to the tune of 2.5 times per employee.
- Companies with diverse management teams enjoyed a 19 percent increase in revenue compared to their less diverse counterparts as of 2018.
- Diverse companies are 70 percent more likely to capture new markets.
- Compared to individual decision makers, diverse teams make better decisions 87 percent of the time.
With those stats in mind, what can you do to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace? Here are 7 Ways to Improve Workplace Diversity and Inclusion:
- Celebrate diverse holidays as a team.
- Create a peer-to-peer buddy system.
- Incorporate your team’s diversity into your product.
- Elicit feedback from diverse employees and make recommended changes.
- Use anonymous recruiting.
- Invest in training and development for diverse employees.
- Reprogram any biased AI algorithms.
That last point is a topic we discussed in last week’s terrific EDRM webinar Ethics and Explainability of AI Algorithms in Legal Use Cases, with Tom O’Connor, Mary Mack and Dr. Maura R. Grossman! Check it out!
The third of three diversity resources for MLK day is legal tech and eDiscovery specific. It’s a 31-minute interview that Christy Burke, President and Founder of Burke & Company LLC conducted about 15 months ago with Candice Corby, President and CEO of Cobra Legal Solutions, Deeanna Fleener, VP of Litigation Services at Integreon and Joy Murao, Founder and CEO of Practice Aligned Resources about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Legal tech and eDiscovery.
In the interview, we discussed a variety of topics related to DEI in legal tech and eDiscovery, including what’s holding it back and how we can get past those obstacles, the state of DEI in legal tech and eDiscovery, strategies for succeeding as a diverse member of the community and “wake up calls” regarding when each of the panelists realized that they wanted to be part of the solution, not part of the problem regarding DEI. Check it out!
So, what do you think? What is your organization doing to improve diversity and inclusion? Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.
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