Sixty Percent Of Workforce Feel Excluded

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Sixty Percent Of Workforce Feel Excluded

A new report has discovered that over sixty per cent of the workforce feel excluded from the workforce.

Established Belief?

It has been thought for many decades that the overwhelming proportion of those employed in the United Kingdom businesses appear to harbour feelings that they are being included in the place of employment. Ninety per cent of employers had considered that a significant majority of the workforce felt welcomed, supported and involved colleagues from those emanating from a lower socioeconomic background in the culture of the workplace.

However, contrary to this long-established belief this ninety per cent figure appears to be fifty per cent more than the actual figure. This is according to a new report which has recently been commissioned by Accenture. It sought to interview nearly fifteen hundred of those who are occupying senior positions and some four thousand senior staff within organisations. The survey analysed how the working environment has an impact on employee professional development and for those seeking to scale the career ladder of the respective business.

It has been found that a colossal sixty per cent of those members of the workforce emanating from perceptively lower demographics, employed in businesses based in the United Kingdom feel incorporated into their working environment. Another somewhat alarming statistic which appears to have captured the imagination of the public was that just over fifty per cent of those who responded to the research question perceptively felt comfortable disclosing their respective backgrounds to their employer.

Progress Less Likely?

Interestingly Accenture’s Report found that employees from lower socioeconomic circumstances have lower prospects of advancing their careers compared with equivalent socioeconomic categories. Twenty per cent of the workforce who earn the lowest figures are elevated up the organisation within the previous three-year period compared with a quarter of their fellow workers. Contextually, this figure equated to almost a quarter-of-a-million colleagues lower socioeconomic cultures having been passed over for career advancement in the respective organisation. The results from Accenture did not make for happy reading for the UK-based organisations seeking to construct a varied labour force.

Cultures Compared?

The Report also compared the correlative and causative connections linking the way of life in businesses and the ability of those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to progress. The Report discovered that in businesses which do not exclude staff from certain socioeconomic backgrounds, groups and demographics had the perception of feeling more aspirational, happy and content in their job roles and felt more likely to progress. A significant ninety-per-cent of this segment felt they had an equivalent opportunity for progression as fellow workforce members. When the survey contrasted the findings with organisations that appeared to exclude staff it found that this figure was thirty per cent. It also found that the profits of these organisations which focussed on improving a lot of members of the workforce in terms of social mobility nearly doubled their profits in comparison to those businesses being competed against.

Company Corporate Comeback?

All businesses should be advised to bridge the gap by:

  • assembling a labour force which is diverse from a social perspective
  • comprehending the challenges facing members of the workforce which are preventing them from advancing up the organisations which have been concealed and those of a pervasive nature
  • recognising the effort given by colleagues and
  • making colleagues feel noticed so they can flourish in the workplace on a level playing field

If businesses can build this foundation, they will have much higher prospects of successfully securing the short and medium-term future of their organisations.

The Legists Content Team


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[1] de Freitas, Natalie – Less Than Half of Employees from Lower Socioeconomic Backgrounds in the U.K. in the U.K. Feel Included at Work, Accenture Report Finds - Accenture – 23 May 2022 - Less Than Half of Employees from Lower Socioeconomic Backgrounds in the U.K. Feel Included at Work, Accenture Report Finds | English - UK

[2] Eave, Simon et al - Accenture – A fair Chance To Advance - 20 June 2022 - A fair chance to advance | The power of culture to break socioeconomic barriers in the workplace (

[3] Lennon, Amanda – Women Who Feel Excluded At Work 3x more likely to quit than those who don’t – Fair Play Talks - 10 June 2022 – Women Who Feel Excluded at Work 3x More Likely to Quit Than Those Who Don’t - Fair Play Talks

[4] Bernard, Dominic – Over half of UK employees have felt excluded at work – HR Magazine – 4 March 2022 HR Magazine - Over half of UK employees have felt excluded at work



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