The human case for building fairer and more inclusive workplaces is certain; regardless of background, everyone deserves to work in a safe, supportive and respectful environment. There is also a vital business case for diversity and inclusion which at its heart drives increased access to and active participation in the world of work from all parts of society across Australia and New Zealand.
A diverse and inclusive workforce is one which takes in a wide variety of demographics and characteristics. But so often when the subject of diversity and inclusion in the workplace arises, the focus is on gender. There certainly remains significant work to be done to secure greater gender balance in the workplace and we have produced several reports confirming this critical consideration here.
However, while acknowledging that gender diversity remains a vital issue, we must also be front footed in our need to ensure that we look beyond gender and consciously diversify diversity.
To give us greater insight on how employers currently stand when viewing their workforce and workplace through this wider diversity lens, we surveyed over 1,000 working professionals across Australia and New Zealand between June and August 2018.
We approached the survey with two goals in mind:
1. To identify current key diversity and inclusion considerations;
2. To provide a snapshot of the representation and lived experience for a number of known underrepresented demographic groups in Australia and New Zealand.
We hope our findings will spark discussion and debate that will move the dial forward on diversity and inclusion within Australian and New Zealand workplaces.