A diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) audit should be the first step in any organization's DEI journey. The audit allows the company to understand where they are starting from and learn where they want to go. The findings of the audit should guide the goals and strategic priorities of the DEI office.
Listening sessions are a critical part of any company-wide DEI audit. They provide deeper insight into employee perception of DEI at your organization. When conducted correctly, they can help pinpoint what your company is doing well and what challenges need to be addressed in priority order. However, there are several best practices practitioners must embed to ensure credible input is collected.