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Surprising research claims discrimination still rife but companies are taking diversity and inclusion more seriously than ever
More men than women are reporting gender discrimination according to surprising new research.
37% of men claim to have witnessed or experienced gender discrimination. That’s 1% more than women.
Men also report more ageism and LGBT discrimination. The report’s authors claim this may be due to men’s perception of what constitutes discrimination.
However the positive side of the research is that firms are doing more to tackle diversity and discrimination. Three quarters of UK employees say their company employs a diverse workforce.
Over six in ten (61 percent) say their company is investing more in diversity and inclusion now than it has in years past.
Simultaneously, research from Glassdoor’s Economic Research team found that job openings for roles in the UK related to diversity and inclusion have increased by 106% in the UK over the last year.
There is an age difference in how workers approach the issues around diversity. More than six in ten (62 percent) millennial employees believe their company should do more to increase diversity and inclusion, falling to less than half (44 percent) of employees aged over 55.
This suggests the younger workforce are the ones driving change. On average, over half of UK workers believe their companies need to do more to increase diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
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The report also looks at how UK findings compare to other countries. Across all measures of discrimination the US comes out worst. However workers in France and Germany report less instances of unfair treatment based on race, age or sexual orientation than those in Britain.
“This research presents a somewhat worrying picture of the experience employees are having with regards to discrimination at work. Employers clearly recognise there is a problem based on their investment in diversity and inclusion (D&I) increasing through more intense hiring of specialists to focus solely on D&I,” said John Lamphiere, Vice President of EMEA at Glassdoor.
“Creating a company culture that celebrates and respects people for their diverse backgrounds and experiences should be a top priority for all employers. They must be willing and ready to take action to foster a workplace environment in which all people feel they belong.”