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Majority of Brits employed in ‘disconnected’ workplaces, Sellick Partnership reveals

UK business leaders are not doing enough to ensure their workforce is connected and this is leading to increased dissatisfaction among employees, according to a new survey conducted by Sellick Partnership in recognition of National Inclusion Week.

Of the 888 respondents, 51% said their organisation did not have any initiatives in place to help employees connect with colleagues outside of their immediate team, with a further 26% saying they were not sure if there was anything in place or not.

The results also suggest there is a direct correlation between a connected workforce and one that is satisfied, with 61% of participants that are dissatisfied at work stating there are no initiatives in place to help them connect with colleagues.

Interestingly, Generation X employees seem to be the least satisfied, with participants who have been at their place of work for 16-20 years significantly more likely to be 'extremely dissatisfied' at work (18%). They are also the most likely to put 'no effort' into getting to know colleagues outside of the team.

Jo Sellick (pictured), managing director of Sellick Partnership, said, “Respondents of the survey are not necessarily suggesting that their organisation is not diverse, but rather that their organisation does not do enough to ensure different teams and colleagues are connected.

“It is also interesting to note that 32 percent of respondents believe the different departments in their organisation do not communicate effectively enough and 44 percent believe departments only communicate ‘quite effectively’.”

The news comes as National Inclusion Week asks everyone to “Connect for Inclusion” as this year’s theme, which runs from 25th September 2017 to 1st October 2017.

When presented with the findings Claire Williams, director of inclusion and diversity at Inclusive Employers, commented, “Employers need to step up to this challenge as a matter of urgency. If the evidence tells us that colleagues are disconnected, then we need to develop ways to connect for inclusion ­ the theme of our campaign for National Inclusion Week this year. We have the evidence that connecting colleagues to each other, to our mission, to our communities is likely to enhance performance and productivity. Members of Inclusive Employers understand the opportunity and are garnering commercial advantage through their focus on inclusion.”

Sellick added, “I find these results surprising and would urge all business owners to evaluate their current workforce and ensure they are working not only to attract a diverse mix of candidates, but also build an inclusive culture that will make the mix work. It is, however, positive to see that that 81 percent of respondents agree that an inclusive culture is important for a workplace and that participants feel their workplace is an environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully.

“At Sellick Partnership we are committed to ensuring each of our employees have the opportunity to mix outside of the day-to-day stresses of the office. I believe this is essential for the success of any business.”

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