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Workplace Diversity and Inclusivity (B)

Canadians do not typically feel out of place or uncomfortable in their workplaces because of who they are, but visible minority Canadians, albeit a minority, are three times as likely as non-visible minority Canadians to feel uncomfortable or out of place at least some of the time.

 

The Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) has released findings of a survey conducted by Environics Research Group asking Canadians about their job satisfaction, their perceptions about their workplaces and performance management, and the tools and resources they turn to when looking for a job or building a career. This project is a follow-up to a benchmark initiative completed in 2007 that asked similar questions. This article is an excerpt from the 2011 survey report.

The 2010 CERIC survey asked Canadians if they ever feel uncomfortable or out of place in their organization because of their ethnicity/culture/race/skincolour/class/language/accent/gender/disability/ sexual orientation/religion. A majority of Canadians have never (62%) or rarely (16%) felt out of place or uncomfortable in their workplaces because of one or more of these aspects of identity. This is largely true for Canadians across socio-demographic groups, but those who feel their workplace is very inclusive are most likely to say they never (74%) feel alienated in their workplace.

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Q.28 How often do you feel uncomfortable or out of place in your organization because of your ethnicity, culture, race, skin colour, class, language, accent, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religion? Is it…?
Subsample: Those who are employed full-time or part-time.

However, visible minority Canadians are far more likely than non-visible minority Canadians to report they have felt uncomfortable or out of place. More than four in ten visible minority Canadians say they have felt this way at least some (29%) or most (14%) of the time, with a few who say all of the time (5%).

Language, accent and gender are the main reasons Canadians feel out of place in their workplace. When asked for which reasons they feel out of place or uncomfortable, those who feel this way at least some of the time are most likely to attribute their discomfort to their language and/or accent (18%) and their gender (18%). A slightly smaller proportion also feels their race or skin colour (15%) is a reason, followed by ethnicity or culture (13%), disability (13%) and class (13%). Smaller proportions in this group (9% or fewer) mention other reasons such as religion and sexual orientation, while three in ten (32%) are unable to cite a reason.

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Q.29 For which reason or reasons do you feel uncomfortable or out of place? Is it because…?
Subsample: Those who are employed full-time or part-time – who feel uncomfortable or out of place in their organization all, most or some of the time.

Notably, for visible minority Canadians, skin colour and race are perceived to be the biggest barrier to a greater sense of belonging in their workplace. They are most likely to say they feel out of place for this reason, followed by their language/accent, their gender and their ethnicity/culture. Despite the fact that Canada – and by extension Canadian workplaces – is among the most diverse countries in the world, small but significant proportions of Canadians, particularly visible minority Canadians, feel alienated in their workplace because of basic aspects of their identity.
Read the full report, “On-line survey on public perceptions about career development and the workplace”, on the CERIC website.

 

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