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Diversity measuring tool launched

Diversity consultancy Performance Through Inclusion has launched an automated tool designed to help HR Directors understand their own organisation's particular issues regarding diversity and inclusion.

The company says the new tool, InclusionIndex, can be used online or offline, and uncovers the extent to which different groups in the organisation feel included or excluded by examining practices and behaviours in four core areas; leadership, culture, values and dialogue. The system produces a report for the entire organisation, as well as a series of breakdowns based on gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation or seniority.

InclusionIndex was developed in conjunction with a team of diversity and HR professionals, as well as occupational psychologists at the University of Hertfordshire who provide the psychometric and statistical analysis of the data.

Performance Through Inclusion has also launched InclusionAudit, a tool designed to help organisations understand the extent to which they are adopting inclusive people practices that value all employees.

Dr. Mark Slaski, from the University of Hertfordshire, said: "The Inclusion Index and Audit has been developed from an academically researched model of organisational Diversity & Inclusion. It has been designed to be user-friendly and accessible, and is constructed through rigorous testing.

"In using this tool, managers will be able to gain a greater understanding of their own organisational issues around Diversity & Inclusion. Findings will clearly point to areas of organisational development and change. In addition, the instrument will benchmark against other organisations, and provide metrics by which to set objectives and measure improvements.

"Every organisation will have a responsibility to demonstrate high standards of diversity and inclusion. The Inclusion Index and Audit will prove invaluable in achieving these aims."

Tony Burnett, managing director at Performance Through Inclusion, said: "Though the business case for diversity differs hugely between the public and private sectors, the need is essentially the same. Diversity and inclusion are massive issues, but HR departments have no way to measure diversity and inclusion levels, detect their key issues, or analyse whether current policies are having the desired effect.

"The InclusionIndex enables organisations to clearly see how inclusive they are and more importantly, develop programmes that allow people within the organisation to prosper and progress irrespective of race, colour, gender, physical ability, age, religion, sexual orientation, education, personality type or belief.

"The Index will enable organisations to truly appreciate their current situation, and assess their training needs before they start pouring millions of pounds down the drain."

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