Biasness in the workplace inhibits career growth, and only 53% of employees in the UK believe that everyone in their organization has the opportunity to grow and develop, not just those close to them. Here are the results. from the OCTanner Global Culture Report 2021, which surveyed 40,000 employees and executives from around the world, including over 1,600 from the UK.
The study also found that nearly half of UK employees believe bias affects their organization’s recognition and reward programs, and 45% say their company rewards employees on a regular basis.
“Management bias very easily permeates day-to-day work life, and those who are called ‘high-level people’ are supported,” said Robert Ordever, CEO of the O.C. European leather. “The problem is that bias is rarely recognized and often overlooked when eliminated. This happens unnoticed and often with no intent to harm, but it can do great harm to the attachments “and development of employees.”
O.C. Tanner encourages companies to implement fair and transparent processes; managers are trained to detect and avoid bias; opportunities for growth and development are open to everyone; recognition of employees as an integral part of the company’s daily culture. An established culture in the workplace, in which recognition occurs every day and where management and colleagues can recognize and reward employees, helps avoid a “beloved” culture.
Currently, only 38% of organizations incorporate recognition into their daily culture, and less than half of UK employees (47%) admit that their efforts or accomplishments were noted in the previous month.
Orderver adds: “At its worst, bias can create toxic attitudes, a culture of resentment, and obstacles to career advancement. Therefore, leaders need to be aware that bias can be a problem and discuss with managers how to avoid it. And by prioritizing inclusion, ensures everyone has the same chance, not just those who flatter managers and speak louder.
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