Powerful facts and best practices for diversity and inclusion communications

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Powerful diversity and inclusion statistics for 2022

The value of diversity

  • Employees who perceive their organization is committed to diversity are 80% more likely to believe they work in a high-performing company (Deloitte)
  • Inclusive companies enjoy 2.3 times higher cash flow per employee over three years (Josh Bersin)
  • More than 3 out of 4 job seekers and employees say that diversity is important to them when evaluating companies (Glassdoor)
  • Companies with above-average management diversity have 19% more revenue from innovation (BCG)
  • Businesses with mixed ethnic backgrounds are 33% more likely to outperform competitors (Global Diversity Practice)

Gender

  • More than a quarter of women (29%) report being unsupported with career development (Accenture)
  • The pandemic hit women harder, with 10% more women reporting workplace burnout than male colleagues (McKinsey)
  • The gender wage gap in the US remains as high as 17.7% (OECD)
  • Almost 60% of women regularly experience microaggressions at work (IWD)
  • Just 5% of companies globally have a female CEO (Equileap)

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Ethnicity

  • Black British workers with degrees earn 23.1% less on average than their White counterparts (Equality and Human Rights Commission)
  • In a Gallup survey, 31% of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) reported incidents of employment discrimination, the largest of any group (The White House)
  • Over 40% of Black private-sector workers earn under $30,000 per year, compared with 29% of the private sector on average (McKinsey)
  • Compared to an average of 31.4%, only 16.2% of Hispanic workers can work from home (EPI)
  • It will take around 95 years for Black employees in the US to reach equal representation across all levels of the private sector (McKinsey)

Neurodiversity and disability

  • In the US, around 85% of individuals on the autism spectrum are unemployed, compared to an average rate of 4% unemployment in the population as a whole (HR Review)
  • JPMorgan Chase found that members of its Autism at Work initiative made fewer errors and were more productive than neurotypical co-workers (Forbes)
  • Around half of UK employers admit they would not hire someone with one or more neurodivergent conditions (Institute of Leadership and Management)
  • Staff turnover is up to 30% lower when organizations have well-run disability community outreach programs (Accenture)
  • Out of approximately 56 million people with disabilities in the US, 13.3 million reported difficulty finding a job despite seeking work (Workplace Initiative)

LGBTQ+

  • Over 45% of LGBTQ+ workers report experiencing unfair treatment at work, including being fired, not hired, or harassed (UCLA School of Law)
  • Transgender adults are twice as likely to be unemployed in the US as cisgender adults (McKinsey)
  • Nearly half (46%) of LGBTQ+ workers feel they must hide their identity in the workplace (HRC Foundation)
  • Fewer than 0.3% of Fortune 500 board directors are openly LGBTQ+ (Out Leadership)
  • Transgender workers make 32% less a year than cisgender counterparts, even when educational attainment is similar (McKinsey)

There’s much more to do

  • More than half of workers think their employer should be doing more on diversity and inclusion(Glassdoor)
  • Only 6.3% of America’s largest enterprises disclose full statistics on diversity and inclusion (Just Capital)
  • Over 70% of Millennials believe a workplace is more innovative when it’s inclusive (World Economic Forum)
  • Six in ten Gen-Zers and 56% of Millennials think systemic racism is widespread (Deloitte)

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Best practices for diversity and inclusion communications

  • Drive better access for and encourage participation from diverse voices
  • Provide information and updates on new or existing D&I initiatives
  • Educate and support all employees to adopt inclusive attitudes at work

Include representative photography

Cultivate ERG relationships

Be wary of non-inclusive language

Balance your dimensions

Facilitate listening

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Diversity and inclusion in 2022

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