A recent poll of UK workers conducted by Jobsite finds that almost 1 in 10 foreign employees has left a job in the UK because of cultural conflicts. According to new research, since the EU referendum workplaces in the UK have become “less accepting”.
The survey included both UK nationals and foreign workers and found that 8% of non-native respondents had left a job because they didn’t fit in. It was also found that since the EU Referendum 23% of workers in multicultural units felt their workplace has become less accepting of foreign colleagues.
The Jobsite poll conducted in April 2019 included 1,011 UK-born and 1,009 foreign-born workers.
Among the foreign-born workers, 35% claimed their nationality had an adverse impact on their career, while 13% felt “overlooked” for promotion. 44% wanted their employer to “do more” to improve multiculturalism and promote diversity within the organization.
On the other hand, 95% of UK respondents stated their workplace did embrace multiculturalism and diversity. 63% of UK-born workers already work in multicultural teams, however the survey also suggests that cultural conflicts were increasingly causing issues. 84% of employees reported to have encountered a cultural misunderstanding caused by either accent, cultural references or body language.
The research conducted by Jobsite is built on a study by ADP, which revealed that workplace discrimination is higher in the UK than anywhere else in Europe.
Jobnation / People Management
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