14 innovative software solutions that aim to improve diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at work
Before we started Kollektiv MFG and before the idea of Calvah emerged, we just had the strong belief that technology can be used to improve diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at work. Technology deeply shapes our workflows and therefore our behaviors. Technology can be very helpful to improve productivity, but it also shapes the way we interact with each other. With great collaboration comes great success, and technology has shaped the way we collaborate with each other at work over the years. On the flipside, with the rise of machine learning and biased training data, we also learned how discrimination and inequality can be ingrained in technology.
While building Kollektiv MFG, we researched what kind of solutions already exist to specifically improve diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at work and have since then created a list that we’d like to share with the community as they inspired us to create Calvah.
We’re sharing solutions in four different categories
- HIRING: Software for unbiased hiring and more DE&I in the hiring and employer branding processes.
- DIVERSITY ANALYTICS: Data driven software to analyze an organization’s team culture or structural inequalities, which often also provide next steps if the data suggests inequalities.
- DAILY PROCESSES: Software that supports the adoption of DE&I methods on a day by day basis
We want to keep this list alive, so please reach out for additional solutions we haven’t discovered yet.
There are many hiring tools that claim to have some functionalities to mitigate biases. We only list the companies that put DE&I in their core features.
Approach: Objective hiring through neuroscience.
How it works: A gamified assessment to measure candidates’ skills and behaviors unbiasedly. For example you are looking for a candidate that is very detail oriented in their work. With equaltures mini-games you can measure if a candidate approached the mini-game detail oriented or speed inclined.
Approach: Unbiased Hiring through data
How it works: Companies use Greenhouse tools to create fair evaluation through standardized evaluation metrics. Greenhouse also offers education and reminders on biases before interviews to create constant awareness.
Approach: Write all of your talent content with the language of belonging.
How it works: Textio brings language guidance to all your employer brand content at every stage of the hiring funnel. Textio detects age bias phrases, gendered and harmful phrases and provides reasonable accommodation language.
Approach: Unbiased Hiring through data
How it works: Set your representation goals and use Included to improve step by step, tracking your progress. Included’s bias detection engine shows you where and why each demographic group leaves your hiring funnel, so you can apply process improvements.
We all have biases as individuals, and companies can have biases too. To know your biases gives you the power to overcome them. Below are a list of tools that help organizations to detect biases, collect feedback from employees and show progress over time.
Approach: Detect biases in your company
How it works: Inequality can be hidden through how you define organizational structures, levels and job categories. Equality check takes your data and provides a comprehensive report highlighting your most pressing issues.
Approach: Detect racial biases in your company
How it works: Data-driven tool to measure, understand and advance racial equity. Capture the essence of employee experience, track performance, benchmark success, and take meaningful action against racism – all in one intuitive platform.
Approach: Slack bot for inclusion at work
How it works: With Allie, team members share feedback / report microagression, fill out surveys, and receive micro trainings around diversity and inclusion.
Approach: Detect biases in your companies
How it works: Diversio uses AI to quantify experiences, uncover biases, identify solutions, and track progress. The result is a measurably more inclusive workplace.
Approach: Detect wage gaps to achieve equal pay
How it works: Intuitive insights for closing wage gaps, achieving equal pay and embracing diverse talent ecosystems.
Approach: Set and track diversity goals
How it works: Empower and motivate leaders with goal setting that tracks actuals, goals, and projected diversity rates. Keep everyone on target with monitoring analyses that track progress towards your diversity goals.
Hiring a diverse team and training your workforce on DE&I are the first steps to create a true workspace where everyone feels like they belong. Using tools for day to day tasks that are designed to be inclusive further improves collaboration and employee satisfaction.
Approach: Improve inclusion and equity in meetings to improve performance
How it works: Meeting organizers use Calvah to plan meetings with the inclusive agenda planner, automatically moderate meetings with the interactive timer and evaluate meetings with surveys and time keeping statistics.
Approach: Incorporate inclusive language whenever you write
How it works: Witty analyzes your text while you write. It helps you detect non-inclusive language and suggests inclusive alternatives. When wanting to learn why a wording is problematic, Witty provides you with a more thorough explanation.
Approach: (free) Detect gender coding whenever you write
How it works: This site is a very simplified version of tools like Witty, a quick way to check whether your talent content has some kind of subtle linguistic gender-coding that has a discouraging effect. There are many other gender decoders for different languages and use cases.
Approach: (free) Color design helper for websites and other content
How it works: The tool allows you to easily determine the contrast ratio of two colors simply using an eyedrop tool. The CCA enables you to optimize your content including text and visual elements for individuals with vision disabilities like color blindness and low vision impairments.