New report finds less absenteeism, higher performance and greater innovation in diverse workplaces

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A new report conducted in conjunction with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) and audit, financial advisory and risk management services company, Deloitte, reveals diverse workplaces create more happy workers.

The research, which was conducted by interviewing 1,550 employees, shows that employees who feel their workplace is more committed to diversity and inclusion also feel that their workplace is a successful one.

Further research revealed that not only was a more diverse and inclusive workplace perceived as being more successful, it actually was. The report reads, “Analysing the relationship between inclusion and ‘hard’ data on absenteeism and employee performance ratings, we found that the more included an employee feels, the more likely they are to be at work (i.e. reducing the cost of absenteeism) and to receive a higher performance rating. Making this a little more specific, the data from one organisation demonstrated that if just 10 percent more employees feel included, the company will increase work attendance by almost one day per year (6.5 hours) per employee.”  Read more.

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