It is expected that closing the gap would bring substantial benefits for both companies and their employees
According to research conducted by Accenture, there is a significant gap between the way leaders and employees view equality progress in their organizations.
The survey unveiled that 77% of women and 67% of men think it is essential to develop workplace culture. At the same time, 68% of leaders believe an inclusive workplace culture is vital to the success of their business.
However, a perception gap does exist. The research found that 68% of leaders feel they create empowering environments where people have a sense of belonging, meanwhile only 36% of employees agree with that.
In addition to that, the proportion of employees who don’t feel included in their organizations is 10x higher than leaders believe, with 20% vs 2%, respectively.
The research also discovered that most leaders rank diversity and workplace culture low on their list of top organizational priorities. For instance, nearly three-quarters of leaders ranked financial performance (76%) and brand recognition and quality (72%) at the top of their list. At the same time, only 34% of leaders ranked diversity and 21% ranked culture at the top.
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