Ep 08 | Should You Layoff Your DEI Officer?

It is indeed a sad reality that DEI professionals are losing their jobs, even though they are the ones who are supposed to create fair opportunities and comfortable work culture. This is a clear indication that there is still a lot of work to be done in terms of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

There are a number of reasons why DEI professionals are being laid off. One reason is that companies are simply cutting costs in order to stay afloat during the economic downturn. Another reason is that companies may not see the value in DEI work, and they may believe that it is not a priority. Additionally, DEI professionals may be seen as expendable, and they may be the first to be let go when there are layoffs.

Whatever the reason, the loss of DEI professionals is a setback for the cause of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. DEI professionals play a vital role in creating a more inclusive work environment, and their loss will have a negative impact on Black employees.

It is important to remember that the work of DEI professionals is not done. There is still a lot of work to be done to create a more equitable and inclusive workplace for Black employees. We must continue to advocate for DEI work, and we must support the DEI professionals who are still working to make a difference.

Why is the loss of the DEI professional a setback?

DEI professionals play a vital role in creating and maintaining inclusive workplaces. They help to identify and address unconscious bias, develop and implement diversity and inclusion initiatives, and create a more equitable and welcoming environment for all employees.

The loss of DEI professionals can have a significant impact on an organization’s ability to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. Without DEI professionals, organizations may be more likely to overlook or ignore issues of diversity and inclusion, which can lead to a number of problems, including:

  • A decrease in employee morale and productivity
  • An increase in turnover
  • A decrease in customer satisfaction
  • A decrease in innovation

In addition, the loss of DEI professionals can also have a negative impact on an organization’s reputation. When organizations are seen as not being committed to diversity and inclusion, it can deter potential employees, customers, and investors.

For these reasons, the loss of DEI professionals is a significant setback for any organization.

Here’s An Alternative Option:

Consider transitioning your Traditional CDO to a Fractional Chief Diversity Officer. This will allow you to focus on priority DEI projects and keep your DEI systems in place without abandoning them altogether.

Not sure what you should be focusing on in your business as it relates to DEI? Take my DEI Assessment. I’ll give you some advice once I know more about your business.

I love a good ICYMI and so I thought it only fitting that this week’s Stack The Deck be dedicated to my favorite moments from the last weeks that you may have missed if you aren’t connected to me personally on LinkedIn. (Let’s connect now!)

Screenshot of Amberly featured in Girlboss’ ‘On the Side’ Newsletter.

s/o to all of the DEI Officers working hard. It’s often a thankless job where people don’t see the value in the position until there is a crisis. Know that I am praying for you during this difficult season and I am here to encourage you and lift up your work. If you’d like to be featured in a future Reverse segment where I highlight the achievements of Game changers in DEI email me at amberly@amberlycarter.com

  • I help my clients meet the global demands of business and address the challenges that come along with changing demographics, differing points of view, and workplace fairness.
  • I’m a Fractional Chief Diversity Officer who is a certified Digital Business Manager and Certified Diversity Executive.
  •  I am a cousin of Emmett Till and Mamie Till Mobley. I use my platform to tell my truth and promote racial reconciliation.
  • I’m looking for opportunities to speak about race and racial equity in the workplace this year.
  • ❓Run a podcast? Want a guest blog?
  • Give me a shout: amberly@amberlycarter.com

Uno Out!