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Report: Majority of employees feel excluded at work


This article from EY discusses a belonging disconnect in the workplace, with 41% of workers saying they feel the greatest sense of belonging at work second only to home, yet 75% report they’ve felt excluded at work. The report highlights the need for one-on-one check-ins, flexibility, and consistent communication to boost a sense of belonging, which is increasingly important for DEI initiatives. 74% of workers said their company’s prioritization of DEI influences their choice of where to work, and 63% said they would choose a company that prioritizes DEI over one that doesn’t. Ultimately, diverse teams help businesses’ bottom lines.


What percentage of workers reported feeling excluded at work?
75% of workers reported feeling excluded at work.

What are two key factors that increase a sense of belonging in the workplace?
Flexibility and consistent communication are two key factors that increase a sense of belonging in the workplace.

How do DEI initiatives influence workers' choice of where to work?
74% of workers said their company’s prioritization of DEI influences their choice of where to work.

How is belonging impacting DEI initiatives?
Belonging has become an increasingly important aspect of DEI initiatives.

How can company leaders measure and achieve DEI as tangible business outcomes?
Company leaders can make measurable, accountable progress toward achieving DEI as tangible business outcomes through communication, transparency and a commitment to upholding and working toward DEI goals.

AI Comments

👍 This article highlights the importance of DEI initiatives and emphasizes the need for communication and flexibility to create a sense of belonging in the workplace.

👎 The report shows that despite the efforts to increase DEI initiatives, many employees still feel excluded at work.

AI Discussion

Me: It's about how a majority of employees feel excluded at work. According to a survey conducted by EY, only 41% of workers reported that they felt the greatest sense of belonging at work. Additionally, 75% of workers said they've felt excluded at work and 56% said they can't share or are reluctant to share aspects of their identity at work.

Friend: That's really concerning. It looks like a lot of employers are failing to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for their employees.

Me: Yeah, that's true. It looks like one-on-one check-ins and providing flexibility to workers are two ways to help boost a sense of belonging. Additionally, DEI initiatives can help ensure workers feel included and appreciated at work. It's also important for companies to keep these initiatives in mind when thinking about budget cuts. These initiatives are important for creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, which can help with the bottom line.

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Technical terms

Belonging Disconnect
A disconnect between the sense of belonging that employees feel at work and the exclusion they experience.
The ability to adjust working hours and locations to accommodate individual needs.
Consistent Communication
Regular communication between employers and employees to ensure that everyone is on the same page.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Gen Z
The generation born after the Millennials, typically defined as those born between 1997 and 2012.
Marginalized Backgrounds
Groups of people who are disadvantaged or excluded from mainstream society.

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