Report: Employees say racism is a problem—but not at their own organization

A new survey reveals that while many admit that racism is a structural problem in the working world, they are less likely to recognize it within their own workplace.

The majority of workers in the U.S. (61%) say they have experienced discrimination, either personally or as a witness.

So, many in the workplace are keenly aware of problems related to racial justice, diversity and inclusion in the U.S. However, when it comes to identifying problems in a workplace they belong to, workers are less definitive. According to research conducted by Clutch, more than half (56%) say that discrimination is not a problem at “my workplace.”

(Image courtesy of Clutch.)

So what’s driving the discrepancy? Experts say that you might be overlooking problems within your organization.

In its report, Clutch wrote:

Jes Osrow, talent development expert and speaker on invisible disabilities at JOSROW Consulting, said people don’t think their workplace has a problem with racism and discrimination because of “blissful ignorance.”

“Often racism isn’t as blatant as what we’re seeing in the media now in the workplace,” Osrow said. “It is more an ongoing, system struggle for equity and equality.”

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