Over half (55%) of Irish employees believe their leaders have a bias toward those who look, think and act like them. While only 43% claim their organisation is pro-active in its efforts to source diverse candidates.
These findings were published today in Hays Ireland’s Diversity and Inclusion Report 2018. The company, Ireland’s leading specialist recruiter, surveyed 850 men and women working across all levels of seniority in public and private sector organisations. Just 42% of those surveyed say their organisation ensures interview panels are diverse.
The report findings suggest many leaders have yet to realise the connection between diversity and inclusion and their business objectives, or at least to effectively communicate their understanding of this to employees.
Just 44% of respondents believe that their leaders fully understand the relationship between diversity and inclusion and profitability, only 48% think their leaders understand the link with talent attraction, 46% with creativity and innovation, and 45% with employee engagement and retention.
Those surveyed were asked if there had been occasions when they felt their chances of career progression have been limited due to their gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or physical disability. In response, 45% considered that their career had been hindered by one of these elements; in particular, over half (53%) cited their gender and 44% cited their age as having been limiting factors for their progression.
Commenting on the report, Director at Hays Ireland, Maureen Lynch said, "Every employee, regardless of background, deserves to work in a safe, supportive and respectful environment, making a clear human case for building fairer and more inclusive workplaces. Furthermore, both Irish and international research has consistently shown there is a strong business case for diversity, particularly because it helps to unlock the full potential of an organisation’s talent."
She added, "Therefore, when company policies and behaviours at all levels of the business are geared towards diversity and inclusion, everyone stands to benefit."