Inclusion@Work Index

Topics Inclusion
Inclusion@Work Index 2017-2018 The State of Inclusion in the Australian Workforce

'Inclusion’ is more than just the latest buzzword; it has benefits for business and workers too. The DCA-Suncorp Inclusion@Work Index surveyed 3,000 working Australians, and revealed that Inclusion@Work: matters to the majority of Australian workers; fuels team performance and employee satisfaction, success and security, while also minimising the risk of harassment and discrimination; and benefits everyone, not just those employees who may be the intended target of diversity and inclusion initiatives (e.g. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, women).

Inclusion@Work matters to Australian workers

  • 3 out of 4 Australian workers support or strongly support their organisation taking action to create a workplace which is diverse and inclusive.
  • Only 3% oppose or strongly oppose their organisation taking action.

Inclusion@Work is good for business

If you work in an inclusive team you are:‘

  • 10 times more likely to be highly effective than workers in non-inclusive teams
  • 9 times more likely to innovate
  • 5 times more likely to provide excellent customer/client service

Inclusion@work is good for employees

If you work in an inclusive team, you are:

  • 19 times more likely to be very satisfied with your job than workers in non-inclusive teams
  • 4 times more likely to stay with your employer
  • 2 times more likely to receive regular career development opportunities

Even a little inclusion@Work helps

Working in a somewhat inclusive team also boost employee satisfaction, success and security, and team performance - just to a smaller degree than working in a highly inclusive team.

Bar Graph indicating responses to the statement "I am very satisfied with my job".  58% of workers in INCLUSIVE teams; 22% of workers in SOMEWHAT INCLUSIVE teams; 3% of workers in NON-INCLUSIVE teams.

Inclusion@Work minimises harassment and discrimination

If you work in an inclusive team, you are:

  • Almost 7 times less likely than workers in non-inclusive teams to have personally experienced harassment and/ore discrimination in the past year.

Inclusion@Work benefits EVERYONE

In organisations taking action to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace:

  • A similar proportion of female and male workers were very satisfied with their jobs (43% women, 45% men) 
  • They were significantly more than men and women in organisations where no action was being taken (28% women; 23% men)

What is Inclusion@Work?

Inclusion occurs when a diversity of people (ie. from different ages, cultural backgrounds, genders) are respected, connected, progressing, and contributing to organisational success.

Pie Chart with inclusion at the centre and four equal segments for Connected, Respected, Progressing & Contributing

The State of Inclusion

  • Almost one in two Australians work in an inclusive team or for an inclusive manager.
  • One in five Australians has personally experienced harassment and/or discrimination at work in the past year.
  • 38% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians have personally experienced harassment and/or discrimination in the past 12 months - the highest rate of workplace discrimination and harassment of any demographic group.

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