Despite Increasing Concerns about Corporate Culture, Companies Still Not Supporting Meaningful Change at Work

Greenhouse and Hrwins Release Workforce Intelligence Report Which Finds Nearly Half of Employees Don’t Recognize Diversity and Inclusion Programs in Their Organization

Greenhouse, the fastest-growing Talent Acquisition Suite (TAS), announced findings from its Workplace Intelligence Report, which identified concerning gaps in employer-based programs that address diversity and inclusion (D&I) and sexual harassment.

Created in partnership with HRWins Founder & Principal Analyst, George LaRocque, Greenhouse’s report surveyed more than 1,300 businesses and 4,000+ employees to analyze the most important aspects of the workplace and uncover the trends impacting it.

According to the report, talent is often considered an important business issue, but seldom gets the time and focus it requires. While nearly half (47 percent) of CEOs surveyed felt that talent-related matters make up their most important business problems, more than half (51 percent) of managers spend merely three hours a month on people-related concerns. More startling, 37 percent spend only an hour a month on those same matters.

“While we’re hearing that people issues are the most pressing business challenges for companies right now, we’re not seeing that translate into meaningful change,” said Carin Van Vuuren, CMO, Greenhouse. “People and talent programs require the same rigor around process and measurement that other business issues are given. Until organizations instill that same level of focus and accountability into their people programs, we will not see the systematic changes that need to happen to address the talent challenges companies face.”

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Greenhouse’s report also found a gap between what companies say they’re doing to address D&I and employees’ awareness of those measures within their respective organizations. Despite the existence of Inclusion and sexual harassment initiatives, the trust gap between employees and employers isn’t closing. For example:

  • While 55 percent of companies say they have a D&I program, more than 45 percent of staff-level employees don’t know if their employer has a D&I program in place or claims their employer does not have a D&I program at all;
  • Of employers surveyed, merely eight percent say their companies are addressing the #MeToo movement and less than a quarter (24 percent) are addressing sexual harassment;
  • Forty-seven percent of employers say that D&I initiatives have a positive improvement on company culture; yet 48 percent of employees say their employer only handles D&I issues through grievance processes.

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“Businesses are experiencing a seismic shift in the way they operate today,” said George LaRocque, Founder & Principal Analyst, HRWins. “They must adapt to advances in talent tech, as well as rapidly shifting cultural and social changes in the workplace. Despite awareness of the benefits of D&I for employees and ROI, too many organizations are still approaching diversity and inclusion the same way they always have, yet they’re expecting a different outcome.”

Greenhouse’s Workplace Intelligence Report is the first major study of its kind to look at both the employer and individual employee perspectives on the most important issues surrounding work today. The full version of the report tackles a number of additional topics, such as hiring and onboarding, the multigenerational workforce, employee engagement vs. longevity and more.

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