Two fifths of UK workers experience bias in workplace

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Two in five workers in the UK claim that they have experienced workplace bias in relation to their age, a disability, their social background or their sexuality.

The survey, conducted by Badenoch and Clark, was comprised of a sample of 2,000 workers in the public and private sector. Less than half of those questioned felt that they were able to say on the record that their employer embraced diversity at board level.

However, a third of respondents went on to claim that they had not read their firm’s diversity and inclusion policy and one in ten were not entirely sure if their company had any policy whatsoever.

A fifth of those who were questioned were minded to agree that the commencement of diversity and inclusion training at their workplace would be a help and not a hinderance.

A further 18 percent of respondents thought that simply having more social events at work would help to improve matters when it came to inclusion.

11 percent thought that a depersonalisation of CVs would further help to improve diversity records across the business world.

Ironically, research conducted by Deloitte earlier in the year found that companies with a female CEO had twice as many female board members than those chaired by men.

In the UK just 20 percent of board seats are currently held by women.

 

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