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Work has been incredibly busy and stressful since COVID. Now with the riots and awareness of police brutality and racism increasing, DEI has become a prioity. I am happy about this but we do not have bandwidth. I am so overwhelmed as i have been tasked with leading the development, implementation, and evaluation of our agency wide dei program. Do I make the argument to leadership that now is just not the right time?

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It’s incredibly overwhelming right now for sure. However, I would connect with leadership on limited band with, but also look to invite staff to join in on the DEI efforts. Staff are likely needing a safe space conversation at the minimum to ensure they have a moment to not pretend things are fine. HR and people ops need to find a way a prioritize DEI..even if that means other priorities have to shit—leadership need to make that call and help you solve the bandwidth issue.

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I’d agree with both comments but also say It might make sense that you begin the process now but would begin an ERG and recruit a senior leader to sponsor the group (most important) then send a general email to employees to recruit help with the initiative. You don’t have to have a budget but no budget also speaks to how committed your leadership may be. I know you do need lots of hands to get going. Keep positive and find passionate people to help. Good luck!

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We have had a lot of luck creating a "steering committee" of interested people from different levels and business units (ops, HR, sales, etc.). Leadership sent an email company-wide to see who was interested in being part of it. We ended up with people who are passionate about DI from unexpected places. We do a biweekly meeting and spread the work. We're all working at increased speed with reduced capacity so it would be super easy to get trapped under it. It's still early, and we're still learning, but we've been able to have success so far. We also have great support from our senior leadership, so your mileage may vary.

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