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Diversio gears up for future of DE&I analytics and training with CCDI Consulting acquisition

The acquisition is a step towards targeted DE&I education to help workplaces improve employee engagement and inclusion.
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Shoes aren’t one-size-fits-all—and employee training shouldn’t be either.

That’s why Diversio, a DE&I analytics platform that helps organizations identify internal cultural issues, recently announced its acquisition of CCDI Consulting, a DE&I training company, to help companies provide targeted, data-driven DE&I education, according to a press release.

Since its founding in 2018, Toronto-based Diversio has shared culture, engagement, diversity, and inclusion data with organizations. It has also offered DE&I benchmarking, resources, and recommendations, but hasn’t provided DE&I education or training.

“We’ve had great success on the data side,” Laura McGee, founder and CEO of Diversio, told HR Brew. “But we kept getting feedback from clients, like, ‘We want training. We want education. We want consultative support.’”

That’s just what CCDI Consulting has offered its clients—via tailored learning paths, instructor-led classes, and discussions—since 2015. When Diversio noticed that its clients who used CCDI’s education models had improved inclusion numbers, the acquisition made sense.

Companies often have a slew of DE&I data and are unsure what to do with it, so they provide a general DE&I training, McGee said. But “that doesn’t work because it’s not tailored.” She claims that employers are more effective when they zoom in on a department, region, or job level to find workplace cultural problems, and then provide customized, bite-sized content geared toward improving things.

McGee believes more organizations will adopt a focused approach to DE&I education, similar to how companies have adopted targeted marketing. “We’re seeing a lot of our companies—especially struggling with retention—are much more focused on specific education resources…that will actually impact their [employees’] work life.”

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