1. The company is diverse in some ways but not others
A company may have a balance of male and female employees and people from a range of races and religions. But, if the business doesn’t employ workers of varying ages and sexual orientations, it may not be as diverse as employees believe.
2. Employees think one employee represents the entire company
Workers who are familiar with even a single colleague who is LGBTQ, from a different country, or from an underrepresented group may consider their business diverse because of that employee. In reality, a strong level of diversity goes beyond one employee’s experience.
Other intriguing statistics showed some 19% of those surveyed are unsure if their company is devoted to diversity in 2020. Plus, only 8% believe their company isn’t bound to creating a more diverse workplace this year.
And training is the top initiative HR professionals want at their companies. Roughly a quarter of people (24%) say their preferred diversity initiative is employee diversity training and discussions where they work. Businesses may do well to find guidance from companies taking such actions. Take major consulting firm Accenture for instance.
- Diversity Awareness: Helping people understand the benefits of working with a diverse team.
- Diversity management: Working to help leaders manage diverse teams
- Targeted professional development: Enabling women, LGBTQ people, and racial minorities to build the skills needed to do their jobs well.