A new Employee Voice Survey has found 62% of staff in the hospitality, travel, leisure and retail sectors would seriously consider leaving their current job if there was a perceived lack of commitment from their employer to creating a diverse, inclusive and equal workplace.
The survey also found that over 90% of respondents believe a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce would help their organisation recruit, hire and retain more talented employees, while 96% think organisations with robust diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, and a strong commitment to progress, are more successful and profitable.
Most conclusively, the survey found 99% of respondents think workplaces where diverse colleagues feel welcome and respected are more likely to see an increase in productivity and performance.
The results were part of The Employee Voice survey on diversity, equality and inclusion (DE&I), conducted by WiTHL and DiR, a collaboration community of member companies that are committed to collectively improving DE&I in their sectors.
The research was carried out ahead of the WiHTL & DiR Inclusion Summit taking place on Tuesday 1 November. The summit will involve over 20 speakers including Mary Portas and John Amaechi OBE, as well as representatives from major hospitality brands such as IHG, McDonald’s and Selfridges.
Tea Colaianni, Founder and Chair of WiTHL and DiR, commented: “This survey has demonstrated just how important it is to establish a strong diversity framework within the workplace. To see this through the lens of the employees is so important and should serve as encouragement for businesses to continue to invest in robust inclusive practices and policies.
“At this year’s Inclusion Summit, we will be speaking with leaders from some of the country’s most recognised brands, and shining a light on the impact and real difference that they have made in progressing DE&I within their organisations and the wider industry through the power of collaboration.”