Monday, 13 February 2012 15:36
Over a quarter of employers say there is a ‘certain type’ of person they regularly seek to recruit, new research shows.
Almost half of UK workers think that employers’ diversity programmes are only designed to attract good PR, according to new research by the Adecco Group, who is now calling on the Government, businesses and other stakeholders for a radical reassessment of workplace diversity.
The poll found that a further quarter of employers believe that campaigns to promote a diverse workforce are aimed at gaining publicity rather than actively changing company culture. At the same time, over a quarter of employers admit that there is a ‘certain type’ of person that they regularly seek to recruit.
The research reveals a striking picture of UK plc, with a fifth of workers suggesting that their industry does not directly promote itself to certain sections of society, and a further fifth of employees saying that a diverse workforce will not provide the skills required by their organisation.
Diversity plays a vital role in the workplace
Despite the widespread scepticism expressed towards employer diversity programmes, the research shows that there is a strong belief among both workers and business leaders that diversity has a vital role to play in the contemporary workplace.
Over two thirds of employers think that companies with diverse workforces are best placed to succeed, and a similar proportion say a diverse and inclusive workforce directly improves company culture. Nearly half of workers say that they are more attracted to a company with a diverse workforce.
Chris Moore, Director at Adecco's Unlocking Britain’s Potential campaign said: "While it is encouraging that the case for greater female representation in the Boardroom is attracting such prominence, this is only a small but important part of the debate around boosting diversity in the workplace.
"Diversity is a question of encouraging and increasing social mobility – finding ways to ensure that potential British talent, from any and every background, is not overlooked."
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