What are some best practices to consider?
What are some best practices I should undertake at the start of every year for my affirmative action program? There are several best practices that you can follow at the start of every year to ensure the effectiveness and compliance of your affirmative action program. Here are a few:
- Review your affirmative action plan (AAP): Make sure that your AAP is up to date and reflects your current workforce demographics, job categories, and any changes in the law or your business operations.
- Conduct a self-analysis: This involves reviewing your current workforce data and comparing it to the relevant labor market data to identify any potential underutilization of protected classes.
- Set goals: Establish specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals for increasing the representation of protected classes in your workforce.
- Communicate the AAP: Share your AAP with your employees and make sure that they understand the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
- Train your managers and supervisors: Provide training to your managers and supervisors on diversity and inclusion, as well as their responsibilities under the AAP.
- Monitor and track progress: Regularly review and track your progress towards achieving your diversity and inclusion goals, and make any necessary adjustments to your AAP as needed.
It is important to note that affirmative action programs are required for federal contractors and subcontractors with 50 or more employees and a government contract of $50,000 or more. If your organization does not meet these criteria, you may still choose to implement an affirmative action program as a best practice to promote diversity and inclusion in your workplace.