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.