Thank you for participating in the Next Step survey
By Lisa Durham, Director, Argonne Leadership Institute-Human Resource Services
This fall, we enlisted Argonne employees’ participation in the Next Step climate survey. I am pleased to report 62 percent of the laboratory’s full and part-time employees and postdocs heeded the call. With a response rate of more than 50 percent in each programmatic directorate and mission support, we have gathered plenty of current data to further guide our Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) efforts.
Thank you to all who took the time to add your voices to the survey. Your feedback is vital to help us determine where we are making progress and where there continue to be opportunities for improvement.
I also want to thank laboratory leaders and managers for their support and efforts to promote employee participation. I especially want to recognize Interim Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations John Quintana and Associate Laboratory Director Stephen Streiffer for their contributions to the Argonne Combined Appeal that were based on the number of employees in their areas who took the survey.
As we continue our D&I journey, we are committed to transparency, including updating and sharing our employee demographics online. The data for 2017 is now available on the Argonne website. We will continue to update the data on an annual basis.
Other 2017 activities included:
- Workshops, classes and brown bag talks were offered to all employees on topics that included inclusive leadership, unconscious bias, mentoring and professional development.
- Directorate-level D&I working groups and committees were established.
- Talent Acquisition continues to deploy strategic sourcing and outreach activities to make sure job postings are available to as wide a range of applicants as possible. Coupled with implicit bias training to hiring committees across the lab, there are concerted efforts to expand overall candidate pools.
- A comprehensive strategic D&I plan for the laboratory was developed, submitted to the Department of Energy, and posted to the Argonne website.
- A unique interactive workshop focused on inclusive behaviors in the workplace and demonstrating a method to learn how our actions and communications affect our colleagues and our work, as well as how to interrupt unconscious bias when you see it.
- Argonne’s postdoctoral program provided support for the postdoc community that included the presentation of the annual postdoc performance awards, hosting the annual postdoc research symposium, and offering professional development activities throughout the year.
- Newly formed and long established employee resource associations offered programs and resources to support recruitment, retention and employee engagement within the laboratory community
In 2018, I look forward to sharing the climate survey results with the laboratory community. By working together, we can build a workplace community that is inclusive, diverse, respectful and welcoming and that rejects bias, discrimination and exclusionary behavior. Doing so will better enable us to fulfill the laboratory’s scientific mission and help to ensure continued excellence at Argonne in the new year and beyond.