Article: Workplace disruptions, hybrid work model create a positive impact on DE&I: Intel


Workplace disruptions, hybrid work model create a positive impact on DE&I: Intel

In the latest Intel Survey, 66% of the respondents said that remote working and digitalization has made it easier to hire from underrepresented groups, and 57% said that the acceleration of digital transformation spurred by the pandemic has encouraged the adoption of new tools that will support inclusivity​.
Workplace disruptions, hybrid work model create a positive impact on DE&I: Intel

Intel’s recent survey found that the pandemic has been a catalyst for businesses to reimagine the workplace model and adapt to new ways of working, which were historically unimaginable. 81% of the business leaders surveyed in India and globally 63% said that these workplace disruptions caused by the pandemic have had a positive impact on DE&I in their organization, demonstrating how remote workspaces and hybrid work models have been successful for achieving DE&I goals. Furthermore, 71% said their organization has significantly adapted DE&I initiatives for a hybrid workforce.

Tech’s role in supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Leaders who indicated a positive impact found that remote working and digitalisation made it easier to recruit employees from underrepresented groups (46%) and the pandemic-related acceleration of digital transformation encouraged the adoption of new tools that support inclusivity, connectivity and engagement (45%). Additionally, leaders are making a connection between hybrid work and D&I, with 43% of this group indicating that a hybrid workforce enables companies to adopt a wider variety of D&I-informed practices.

However, while 64% of participants who have set D&I goals say they want to achieve them in the next two years, one-third of those still have doubts that their company is prepared to do so, suggesting that further investment will be required. DE&I still remains a work in progress. 

Combining a flexible D&I model with the right technology will help global companies move forward in a hybrid world.

Integrating DE&I into the organisation’s culture

“This survey sheds light on the fact that with the right mindset and a culture that promotes employee wellbeing and technology, we can accelerate the journey toward a more diverse and inclusive workforce,” said Anjali Rao, Senior Director - HR, Intel India. 

While technology can help improve the D&I experience, achieving an effective and sustainable program will require a broader industry investment. 51% of the respondents cited an increase in awareness, dialogue and industry-wide change for inclusive language in products and documents as being helpful in meeting organisational D&I goals. 

“As organisations plan for the next phase of work — whether remote, in-person, or hybrid — leaders need to continue thinking differently about DE&I,” added Anjali. 

The study concludes that major shifts in the ways people work will most likely have unintended consequences on corporate cultures in ways that may put D&I initiatives at risk, but there’s also a great opportunity for change. 

Read full story

Topics: Diversity, Technology

Did you find this story helpful?



What is your top focus area for reinventing work in the hybrid world of work?

How likely are you to recommend our content to a friend or colleague?

Selected Score :