Executive Attitudes on Diversity Positive But Lacking Actions

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A resounding 96 percent of executives believe having a diverse and inclusive workforce can improve employee engagement and business performance, according to a first-of-its-kind survey.

However, while the poll shows executive attitudes are positive, it also shows enterprises need to do more to promote inclusion.

While 72 percent of executives polled said their organizations have D&I programs, only 23 percent said their firms give senior executives financial incentives to promote inclusion.

It is interesting that although 52 percent of those surveyed said management performance appraisals include a component for effectively managing diversity, it is only influencing executive compensation in 23 percent of their organizations. That becomes a problem that needs to be resolved quickly.

Detailed Results

Do you think having a diverse and inclusive workforce can lead to higher employee engagement and improved business results?

Yes 96%
No 15
Don’t know 3%

Does your organization have a strategy in place to drive employee engagement?

Yes 70%
No 28%
Don’t know 2%

Does your company have a strategy or program in place that promotes diversity and inclusion?

Yes 72%
No 24%
Don’t know 4%

Do management performance appraisals include a component for success in effectively managing diversity?

Yes 52%
No 43%
Don’t know 5%

Does your organization have a diverse mix of leaders?

Yes 64%
No 36%

Is executive compensation at your organization tied to diversity goals?

Yes 23%
No 71%
Don’t know 6%

From: Korn/Ferry Institute

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