The People Factor Podcast | Episode #51

Embracing Equity in the Workplace

In the realm of talent acquisition and human resources, the conversation around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) coupled with fair compensation has never been more pertinent. Nichelle Appleby, a trailblazer in the field with her roots in Georgia, USA, and now thriving in Berlin, Germany, brings a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective with her work at Work Imagined and The Dignity Standard.

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Thomas Kohler

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Nichelle Appelby - Founder at Work Imagined and Senior Manager at Total Rewards. She is guest at the 51st episode of Thomas Kohler's The People Factor Podcast.
Nichelle Appleby

Founder & Senior Manager

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In the realm of talent acquisition and human resources, the conversation around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) coupled with fair compensation has never been more pertinent. Nichelle Appleby, a trailblazer in the field with her roots in Georgia, USA, and now thriving in Berlin, Germany, brings a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective with her work at Work Imagined and The Dignity Standard.

The Intersection of DEI and Compensation Equity

Understanding the Gap

Nichelle highlights the often overlooked connection between DEI initiatives and compensation equity. Despite advancements in DEI, many organizations still struggle to bridge the pay gaps for similar roles across diverse groups.

Role of Talent Acquisition

Talent acquisition professionals are uniquely positioned to analyze compensation data across departments. Nichelle emphasizes their potential to identify and address disparities in hiring rates and compensation.

Introducing The Dignity Standard

The Four Pillars

Nichelle’s Dignity Standard revolves around respect, value, ethical treatment, and accountability. It’s a cultural and DEI concept that fosters a workplace environment conducive to collaboration and high performance.

Beyond Compliance

This standard pushes organizations to move from mere compliance to embedding dignity in their everyday operations, ensuring that every employee feels valued and respected.

Wealth Building and Equity in Organizations

Challenging the Status Quo

Nichelle discusses the importance of wealth building as a fundamental aspect of fair compensation. She challenges traditional norms where only certain roles or levels within an organization are privy to wealth-building opportunities like stock options.

Inclusive Wealth Building

The idea is to democratize wealth-building opportunities, ensuring that all employees, irrespective of their role, have a stake in the company’s success.

Addressing Pay Gaps and Ensuring Fair Compensation

Proactive Role of HR and TA

Nichelle advocates for a more proactive role for HR and talent acquisition professionals in ensuring fair pay. They should not just be passive observers but active participants in shaping equitable compensation practices.

Data-Driven Approach

Leveraging data to identify pay disparities and advocating for transparency and fairness in compensation practices is crucial for building a culture of trust and equity.

Conclusion

Nichelle Appleby’s insights offer a transformative approach to tackling DEI and compensation equity in the workplace. Her Dignity Standard and advocacy for inclusive wealth building present a compelling case for organizations to reassess their compensation strategies. As businesses strive to create more inclusive environments, the principles shared by Nichelle provide a robust framework for driving meaningful change.

Nichelle Appelby - Founder at Work Imagined and Senior Manager at Total Rewards. She is guest at the 51st episode of Thomas Kohler's The People Factor Podcast.

About the guest

Nichelle Appleby

Nichelle Appleby is a Total Rewards Leader with nearly 15 years of experience helping organizations build fair pay programs. She founded Work Imagined, a compensation consultancy, and created The Dignity Standard, a culture and DEI concept that helps companies create a healthy culture to support the development of collaborative and high-performing teams. Nichelle is from the US, born and raised in a small town in Georgia, and now lives in Berlin, Germany.