In the fifth installment of their Best Places to Work in the Federal Government analysis of 2012 federal employee survey data, Deloitte and the Partnership for Public Service explored how men and women, different racial and ethnic groups, and veterans and employees with disabilities observed the workplace. This report, entitled Diversity and Inclusion, provides extremely interesting insights into how different groups feel towards the workplace, such as job satisfaction, and how they believe the agency supports diversity. The report can be downloaded here!
David Dye, the Director of Human Capital at Deloitte, spoke with Chris Dorobek on the DorobekINSIDER program in detail about the report and provides key insights into diversity and inclusion in the federal government.
How is the federal government in terms of diversity and inclusion?
“As far as the federal government goes, at the highest level, there are good things going on and things that they could do better.”
Why is this topic so important, especially right now?
“The topic of diversity and inclusion is an important one because when you think about where the federal government and economy is today, what better way right now then to leverage all the talents of the federal employees. We know from our data and research that the U.S. population’s demographics is shifting and it is important that federal agencies have their workforce align with the customer base. We also know that diversity and inclusion inspires great innovative thought that comes from different perspectives. For those reasons, diversity and inclusion is a terribly important topic for the federal government.”
Diversity and inclusion helps being people together, inspire thought, and devise the best plan
“We often do not leverage things quite as well as we should in the workplace. Diversity is about the demographics. However, different ways of talk, ways of thinking, getting people to think outside the box, whether it comes from our different backgrounds or just the way we think, that is an important part of creating and sustaining an inclusive work environment.”
Importance of mentorship in public service focused on diversity and inclusion
If identified relationships between leaders and employees are developed properly, “mentoring and coaching have a lot more impact [on diversity and inclusion] than some of the more official programs. Mentoring is an underutilizing, but very impactful strategy that agencies really should take to heart and find opportunities to leverage.”
The Big Take-Away
“First, the constituency that the federal workforce serves is becoming more diverse and the federal workforce needs to mirror and represent the customer base. Secondly, we know that innovation and good government practices are very much apart of diversity of thought and experiences. For those reasons, there is a good business imperative right now, particularly in an era of sequestration and furloughs, to think more creatively and innovatively, leveraging all the different experiences and viewpoints of the federal workforce.”
To learn more, listen to the interview above and download the report here!