Minority groups continue to face bullying, discrimination and rude remarks at work despite the emphasis on diversity and inclusion (D&I). In a new report, Questionmark, the online assessment provider, specifically demonstrates how staff assessments can help employers nurture a more inclusive workforce.
Almost 30 percent of ethnic minority people and 39 percent of LGBT+ people have heard derogatory comments or jokes about people like them from co-workers, according to a McKinsey survey. Furthermore, women are more than twice as likely as men to feel excluded from workplace social events.
The discrimination of minority groups hurts businesses
The Questionmark report, “Overcoming bias and building diverse business success” specifically explores how employers that do not build a truly diverse workforce risk missing out on significant business benefits. For example, companies in the top quartile for ethnic diversity outperform those in the lowest quartile by 36 percent. Additionally, firms in the top quartile for gender diversity outperform the lowest by 25 percent.
How to fight discrimination against minority employees
The report also demonstrates how the information from staff assessments can help overcome these barriers. Assessments draw attention to people’s skills and knowledge irrespective of their background, making it significantly easier to avoid bias. Data from assessments indicate which candidates are best for the role and which workers are ripe for promotion.
Lars Pedersen, CEO of Questionmark, said: “Objective decision making leads to greater diversity in teams and delivers better performance. This diversity encourages innovation and helps firms utilize new opportunities. With information from staff assessments, employers can ensure they are putting the right people in the right roles. This objective information can challenge bias and lead to the workforce becoming more diverse.”
The Questionmark Anti-discrimination for People Managers test provides a ready-made assessment to measure knowledge of discrimination law and help managers make fair and balanced decisions. It is chiefly available for the United States and United Kingdom markets.
For more information download the full report: “Overcoming bias and building diverse business success”.
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