Thirty-four percent have overlooked incidences
Most professionals believe their organization fosters an inclusive workplace (77 percent) and provides opportunities to connect with others from diverse backgrounds (81 percent) — yet 64 percent say they’ve experienced and/or witnessed bias in the workplace in the last 12 months.
The findings, part of a recent survey conducted by Deloitte, also suggest while employees believe they are allies and say they’re comfortable talking to others about bias, they don’t always take action when they see it in the workplace.
Ninety-two percent of professionals consider themselves to be an ally, and 73 percent say they feel comfortable talking to others about bias in the workplace. However, only 29 percent of respondents actually speak up when they perceive bias; and nearly one-third ignore it.
The survey also found the bias that professionals witness is generally subtle and indirect, instead of blatant and obvious — which may contribute to it being difficult to address in the moment.