A further 40 per cent of UK workers are unsure whether their company has an inclusion council and almost a quarter (23 per cent) do not want gender neutral language to be promoted
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Four in ten UK workers don’t want their employer to introduce gender-neutral bathrooms – well below acceptance in other countries.
A survey of 10,000 employees from 10 different countries, including the UK, US, Mexico, France and the Netherlands, found that 34 percent of American companies have already implemented the measure.
However, more than a quarter (27 percent) of the Italians surveyed do not have this option, but would like to see it introduced.
A further 40 per cent of UK workers are unsure whether their company has an inclusion council and almost a quarter (23 per cent) do not want gender neutral language to be promoted.
This is overshadowed by Mexican and American companies, where four out of ten already work in an area that encourages the use of neuter pronouns.
The study was commissioned by global hygiene and health company Essity, whose spokesperson said: “Our findings have revealed that the UK is perhaps a little behind other nations in terms of open-mindedness.
“It doesn’t necessarily mean one thing or the other. Where space permits, businesses can provide men’s and women’s restrooms while also offering a gender-neutral option.
“Ultimately, the goal should be to show more understanding and tolerance towards colleagues and visitors without making anyone feel uncomfortable.”
Almost a fifth (18%) of UK respondents say their company does not provide transitional care for transgender workers – and they do not want them to start.
Another 20 percent would not like to see their employer target hiring at minority groups.
And just under a quarter (23 percent) would even be disappointed if their company canteen offered a varied menu for all tastes and cultures.
Only seven percent of companies have non-specific gender signs identifying their bathrooms.
And according to data from OnePoll.com, only one in 10 are proactively recruiting from underrepresented groups.
However, 51 percent believe their workplace has a zero-tolerance policy towards bullying, harassment and the use of inappropriate language.
And more than a third (36 percent) have seen diversity training conducted across their organization.
It found that the US was seen as the country most likely to have jobs that ‘celebrate worker diversity’ – with Italy the least.
American workplaces are also best for inviting employees to share their backgrounds, religious and cultural practices, with 38 percent of employers supporting it.
In comparison, in France only 17 percent of workers report this initiative at their workplace.
Essity’s spokesperson added: “It’s interesting to see the disparity between what employers have brought to their companies – and what workers want.
“Anything that can make marginalized employees feel more included, for whatever reason, should be encouraged.
“Perhaps employers should first educate employees about the importance and rationale for these changes before making them.”
To encourage both employees and employers to think more about their company and find out how diverse it really is, Essity developed a series of questions – how-diverse-is-your-workplace-quiz/.
OVERALL RESULTS OF THE MOST DIVERSE COUNTRIES:
- Mexico – Score 113
- Ireland – 97 points
- Spain – 91 points
- United States – 89 points
- Netherlands – 89 points
- Germany – Score 74
- France and Italy – both with 73 points
- Sweden – 47 points
- United Kingdom – 38 points
FULL RESULTS FOR UNITED KINGDOM:
Employees work in a diverse workforce – 70 percent
Business people from all backgrounds – 46 percent
Economy makes provisions for dietary needs – 25 percent
Equal pay for men and women – 60 percent
Equal pay regardless of race, religion, disability, nationality – 65 percent
The economy offers equal opportunities for men and women – 51 percent
Business offers equal opportunities regardless of race, religion, disability, nationality – 62 percent
Non-Christian workers are given paid time off to celebrate religious occasions – 40 percent
Employees can take sick leave to address their mental health — 58 percent
Companies provide employees with a place to take prayer breaks – 31 percent
Business addresses disabilities, visual and hidden – 55 percent
Meeting rooms are available for breastfeeding/expressing milk – 22 percent
Employees receive paid time off for prenatal/fertility appointments – 37 percent
The company offers additional maternity/paternity leave / pay above the statutory rate – 30 percent
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