- An inclusion and diversity census helps employers tailor people programs and infrastructure requirements to the needs of staff, as well as identify if the workforce profile aligns with the company customer profile
- Demographic information usually sought in a census includes gender, age group, ethnic/cultural identity, disability, language spoken, caring responsibilities, and if an employee considers themselves to be part of the LGBTI community
- A census also gives a window into the level of belonging and engagement felt by employees. Questions usually go beyond demography and identity to include perceptions about their experience of the organisational culture
Many companies find it useful to conduct an inclusion and diversity census to understand the demographic profile of employees, and level of inclusion experienced in the workplace. Census results are a valuable input to your diversity and inclusion strategies, and considered leading practice by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).