Workplace Inclusion in times of COVID, Crisis and Beyond

Workplace Inclusion in times of COVID, Crisis and Beyond

13 October 2020

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Organisations are rapidly having to adapt to an increasingly volatile and changing world. The COVID-19 pandemic and growing global anger at social inequalities are forcing employers to adopt new ways of working and confront more challenging issues of inclusion and equity in the workplace and beyond.

To better understand the implications of this for inclusion strategies, and how people currently view the success of their employers, Badenoch + Clark, part of the Adecco Group, commissioned a survey of over 1,000 employees working across a range of sectors in the UK. The results show that inclusion continues to play a vital role in creating positive workplaces where diverse talent can flourish. Our report considers the lessons for employers and leaders about workplace culture and recruitment, and the steps they must take to remove barriers and bias.

Key findings from the research:

  • 78% of respondents classed the inclusivity of employers as important
  • 70% felt their organisation could do more to cultivate an inclusive culture
  • 30% said recruitment information was inclusive and roles were open to diverse applicants but only 18% saw diverse people involved in the recruitment process
  • 47% (less than half) said their leaders were role models for D&I