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Giving Notice: Why the Best and the Brightest Leave the Workplace and How You Can Help Them Stay by Freada Kapor Klein

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6.4. Systems Audits: Questions to Consider

A systems audit is a crucial part of a comprehensive examination of organizational bias. This is a behind-the-scenes look at your firm, from performance reviews and candidate pools to assignments and promotions. It's a look at numbers, but, more than that, it's a look at the actions taken by the decision-makers in power.

First consider these questions:

  • How diverse are your candidate pools, and is that diversity mandated? In 2002, the NFL adopted its so-called "Rooney Rule," requiring that at least one candidate of color be interviewed for each head coaching vacancy. Four years later, the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport credited that rule for the record seven ...

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