In a year which has seen a global push for racial equality, a new report has revealed almost half of UK Black and mixed-race workers have experienced some kind of workplace discrimination.
The study from job site Indeed, also revealed a worrying number of workers who are disabled (51%) and over a third (39%) of lesbian, gay and bisexual respondents have also lived through workplace discrimination of some kind.
47% of Black and mixed-race (Black and white) workers say they feel the need to hide parts of themselves, their personality or their identity from colleagues, compared to just 29% of all workers who feel this pressure.
The pandemic has also been shown to be having a negative impact on the wellbeing of minoritised groups at work.
More than a third of workers (34%) believe Covid-19 has delayed efforts to improve diversity, inclusion and belonging in their company.
The survey of more than 1,500 workers from a range of industries and business sizes, found nearly a fifth (18%) of respondents thought that the pandemic has also had a negative impact on job opportunities for minority candidates, rising to a third (31%) of those from Black or mixed-race backgrounds and a quarter (25%) of those with a disability.
In addition, in March 2020 the Government Equalities Office and the Equality and Human Rights Commission suspended the enforcement of the Gender Pay Gap Report due to the Covid outbreak.
This means that for this year no organisation has to report data on its gender pay gaps, avoiding any subsequent court action. A third of workers (32%) believe this will have a negative impact on equal working opportunities between men and women in the UK.
‘Employers are rethinking their attitudes and behaviours to make workplaces the best they can be and for that to happen people need to feel that they belong,’ says LaFawn Davis, VP of diversity, inclusion and belonging at Indeed.
‘That’s difficult during a pandemic when millions more people are working remotely but there are steps leaders and managers can take to embrace and nurture diverse talent.
‘Building that culture starts from the top and should focus on bringing a greater sense of community to the organisation. That involves creating plans that involve all and are reflective of the entire workforce and the barriers experienced by different populations.
‘Human decency and understanding other individual’s circumstances also go a long way to truly making someone feel like they belong.
‘While our research shows that in many cases this is already happening, the deficit between words and actions suggests there is still some way to go before all employees feel valued and understood.’
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