As workplace diversity rises, many employees are reporting a decrease in the number of offensive comments about race, religion, gender and sexual orientation, according to the recent New Jersey State of Diversity Study.
It found that the number of respondents who had no kind of workplace training went down from 47 percent in 2016 to 28 percent in 2019, according to the poll in which FDU interviewed 541 adults employed in New Jersey between May 29 and June 4.
The number of respondents who said they interacted daily with someone of another race or ethnicity went up from 83 percent in 2016 to 89 percent in 2019, the poll added.
That was much higher than outside the workplace, where 67 percent of respondents in 2019 said they interacted with someone of a different race or ethnicity, compared to 59 percent in 2016.
“The survey results underscore the great strides New Jersey employers have made in creating workplaces that are open and inclusive,” NJBIA President and Chief Executive Officer Michele Siekerka said in a statement.
“In fact, there is not a day that goes by when I don’t talk to a business leader who is engaged in diversity and inclusion work in some manner, from formal training to informal roundtables,” she added
Seventy percent of respondents in 2019 said they never heard comments disparaging of women, previously 63 percent in 2017. Sixty-seven percent of respondents said they never heard comments offensive towards different races and ethnicities, up from 57 percent in 2017.
The poll found that 75 percent of respondents in 2019 never heard comments offensive towards Muslims, compared with 60 percent in 2017. Meanwhile, 77 percent of respondents reported never hearing offensive comments made towards Jews, up from 72 percent in 2017.