A survey of what U.S. workers think of diversity has found that, while 61% of workers agree that having a diverse workforce makes their organization more successful, 47% of employees have felt discriminated against at the office, with age cited as the top form of workplace discrimination. According to Adecco USA, 52% of those workers who have experienced discrimination at the office reported age as the basis for discrimination, followed by gender (43%), race (32%), religion (9%), and disability (7%).
With respect to diversity generally, the survey found that only 34% of U.S. workers believe that corporate America has achieved total workforce diversity, and 78% feel that having a diverse workforce is something that most companies publicize more than they actually implement. For employers looking to further strengthen their diverse workforce, Adecco suggests (1) giving senior management commitment, (2) engaging employees in the process, (3) supporting local/community diversity groups, (4) providing diversity training, and (5) promoting open communication.
Source: Adecco News Release (July 10, 2008)