Nearly a year of seemingly continuous layoffs throughout the tech industry have harmed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts, raising concerns about the vulnerability of recent DEI gains in the workplace. To ensure DEI initiatives are not only continued but strengthened, we must understand the total value they bring, to employees and employers alike.
DEI efforts seek to ensure all workers feel comfortable and at ease while at work. Far too many employees still face discrimination in the workplace, and many employees do not feel comfortable reporting instances of discrimination or harassment. People of color and women, and women of color especially, experience higher rates of toxic stress.