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  • Writer's picturePreeti Bonthron

Diversity & Inclusion Snippets: 22.09.2022

Updated: Dec 15, 2022

Our September roundup of Diversity Inclusion Belonging and Equity snippets along with interesting finds across some of our ten facets of diversity.

  • One-quarter of black or minority ethnic workers have reported facing racist jokes in the workplace during the past 5 years. 35% reported these interactions as factors that detracted from their professional confidence. (Guardian) #RaceAndEthnicity

  • Does your background affect social mobility? 8118 professionals and upper-level management were surveyed and the results agreed. Those from wealthier backgrounds were much likely to move to locations perceived as richer, which then increased their access to better paid jobs, better schooling for their children as compared to those from working class backgrounds (Guardian) #Socioeconomic

  • How many women have been appointed as CEO at Europe's top banks recently? It might surprise you to learn that NONE have. Data collected by Bloomberg shows that in the past two years, half of the CEOs in Europe's top 30 banks have been new appointees, but none of them have been female. (Bloomberg) #Gender

  • Do you hold back for the fear of backlash? You're not alone. Backlash tends to happen in response to affirmative action or social movements. For example, the #MeToo Backlash, a survey which measured the impact of the #MeToo movement found the following: 19% of men were more reluctant to hire attractive women, 21% to hire women for roles with close interactions and 27% avoided one-on-one meetings with female co-workers. (HBR) #DIBE

  • How do you feel about a four-day work week? A selection of UK firms took part in a 4-day working week trial and have stated that they will carry on with it after the end of the trial period. Employees get 100% pay for working 80% of their hours. Halfway through the trial, data showed that productivity either stayed the same or improved for 95% of the firms. Interestingly, it was the firms with older-fashioned working models that struggled most with the switch. (BBC) #MentalHealthAndWellbeing

  • Older jobseekers find it harder to find work and the failure lies in recruitment practices. Over 70% of working age people who have been economically inactive for the last 3 months are between the ages of 50 and 64. Reasons stated are retirement, illness or to care for a family member, however one-fifth of these people say that they would like to work but are unable to find employment. (HR Magazine) #AgeAndGeneration

  • Research conducted by Emburse found that 23% of workers under the age of 35 would consider going to the office more often because of the increasing cost of energy bills. 63% of them said that they worked at home for atleast 3 days a week (HR Magazine) Recent data from USwitch found that remote workers use 75% more gas per day and 25% more electricity than people who work from the office. (Metro) #SocioEconomic #AgeAndGeneration

  • You've probably heard about quiet quitting. Make way for quiet firing. Quiet firing is when employers make it a point to treat you badly so that you quit. A recent poll conducted by LinkedIn showed that 48% of the respondents have seen quiet firing in action, with a further 38% saying that it had happened to them. (Entrepreneur) #MentalHealthAndWellbeing

  • Next week is National Inclusion Week. Taking place from the 26th of September to 2nd October, it is a week dedicated to celebrating inclusive action and creating more inclusive workplaces. The theme for this year is Time To Act: The Power of Now.

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