INCLUSIVITY AT WORK

Challenging toxic culture in the workplace

May 2019 | Report

Equality Group has commissioned nationally representative research following several high profile cases of poor working culture. On 30 May 2019, the Financial Times revealed that two prominent female partners from KPMG quit in February because of the firm’s response to a senior male partner’s bullying behaviour. This followed Amnesty International revealing it had ordered an independent review after two employee suicides in 2018. Their report found that the organisation had a toxic culture. This research proves that toxic cultures are having a corrosive effect on employee wellbeing. Half (50%) of the workers surveyed said that a boss had caused them significant anxiety or stress, and 25% stated that their Sunday – night anxiety is solely down to this. Meanwhile, 60% reported that a good manager meant they’d stay in a role.

“We live in a hugely interconnected society where potential candidates can go online and assess the culture of a company before applying for a role, and because of this businesses can no longer sweep a toxic culture under the rug.” – Hephzi Pemberton, Founder and CEO of Equality Group.

Inclusivity at Work report

I am within the BAME community and feel that I am not positively encouraged to stay within the company I work for due to a non-inclusive culture that starts with the management team
– 34% agree – 6,744,231
– 31% women agree
– 37% men agree
– 44% 18-34
– 31% 35-54
– 18% 55+

Over and above enjoying what I do, a good management team is what will make me stay at my current job
– 60% agree -17,498,544
– 64% women agree
– 55% men agree
– 62% 18-34
– 59% 35-54
– 58% 55+

I dislike my job because of bad management/bad managers
– 33% agree – 9,035,707
– 29% women agree
– 36% men agree
– 40% 18-34
– 30% 35-54
– 25% 55+

My current or previous bosses have caused me significant anxiety and/or stress
– 50% agree – 14,634,199
– 51% women agree
– 49% men agree
– 58% 18-34
– 49% 35-54
– 39% 55+
– 49% Northern Ireland

Bad bosses are a main reason why businesses fail
– 60% agree – 18,383,887
– 61% women agree
– 59% men agree
– 63% 18-34
– 58% 35-54
– 60% 55+

My Sunday night anxiety is solely down to a bad boss
– 25% agree – 6,275,520
– 21% women agree
– 28% men agree
– 35% 18-34
– 19% 35-54
– 18% 55+

My Sunday night anxiety is solely down to a bad boss
– 25% agree – 6,275,520
– 21% women agree
– 28% men agree
– 35% 18-34
– 19% 35-54
– 18% 55+

Hephzi Pemberton, Founder and CEO

“Workplace inclusivity is fundamentally about culture – it’s about how comfortable employees feel within their workplace, and how able each individual feels [to be] their authentic selves within a professional setting. Organisations can no longer afford to ignore workplace culture – employee retention should always be at the forefront of companies minds as even the best business cannot flourish without loyal employees. The bottom line is that companies with an inclusive culture have a lower turnover of staff and are subsequently more attractive to prospective candidates. We live in a hugely interconnected society where potential candidates can go online and assess the culture of a company before applying for a role, and because of this businesses can no longer sweep a toxic culture under the rug.” – Hepzhi Pemberton

About Equality Group

Equality Group harnesses the power of diverse leaders for Finance, Technology and Social Impact. They change the business landscape by widening the range of exceptional candidates and offering them unique leadership opportunities. Their consultancy service helps companies attract, retain and develop diverse talent, which our Executive Search service headhunts.

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