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Are workers quitting due to racism? Studies suggest a tipping point
A report from research firm Savanta found that workplace discrimination is disproportionately experienced by LGBTQ+ workers, Black people, Indigenous people and workers of color. The majority of transgender, genderqueer and non-binary talent surveyed said they have experienced workplace discrimination, with many saying they have been overlooked for a promotion or new role. A 2023 report also found that 45% of Black workers said they would switch jobs if it meant they could be part of a more inclusive workplace culture, indicating a need for employers to make changes in order to retain diverse employees. HR firm Buck's report also found that a worker’s likelihood of wanting to leave their job is proportional to whether “they think diversity in cultures and backgrounds is not respected” and DEI commitment is subpar.
What percentage of US workers reported experiencing discrimination in the workplace according to a 2023 DEI report from Savanta?
What percentage of US BIPOC workers reported facing discrimination in the workplace and being passed over for job or promotional opportunities due to their identity?
What findings of a 2023 report indicated that Black workers would switch jobs if it meant they could be part of a more inclusive workplace culture?
What was highlighted as an opportunity for growth in a Buck report this summer?
Financial wellbeing and employer benefits therein
How can proper care paid to BIPOC workers be a crucial factor in diverse talent retention?
By offering more work-life balance, respecting diversity in cultures and backgrounds, and having a commitment to DEI.
👍 This article provides important insights into workplace discrimination and the need for employers to prioritize Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives for their staff.
👎 This article fails to discuss solutions to the workplace discrimination issue, leaving the reader without any tangible ways to take action.
Me: It's about a recent study that suggests subtle racism and exclusion in the workplace are key reasons for BIPOC attrition. The data indicate that workplace discomfort is disproportionately experienced by LGBTQ+, Black people, Indigenous people and workers of color. About a third of U.S. workers reported experiencing discrimination and about half said they’ve been overlooked for a promotion or new role.
Friend: Wow, that's really concerning. It's clear that employers need to take more action to ensure that their workplaces are inclusive and free from discrimination.
Me: Absolutely. The article also mentions that 45% of Black workers said they would switch jobs if it meant they could be part of a more inclusive workplace culture. Companies need to focus on creating a workplace environment that supports and values diverse workers in order to retain them. It's not enough just to have a diversity program in place; employers need to take proactive steps to ensure that all workers feel welcome and respected.
- Review current DEI policies and practices to ensure they are inclusive of all employees.
- Develop a comprehensive DEI strategy that includes financial wellbeing and benefits for diverse populations.
- Implement a system of accountability to ensure that DEI initiatives are being implemented and monitored.
- Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and other sexual orientations and gender identities
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- The highest-level executives in a company, typically the CEO, CFO, and COO