Inclusivity in the Workplace: Assessing the Prevalence of Implicit Prejudiced Attitudes

By Sylvie Gaudreault.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) wished to measure the attitudes and perceptions of its employees toward cultural diversity and gender integration in the workplace. Building an inclusive and diverse workforce free of systemic barriers is an important priority for today's organizations, as individuals with various backgrounds and cultures often bring different perspectives and new ideas to the workplace. The extent to which organizations foster an inclusive workplace can be a reflection of their perceptions and support for a diverse workforce. Research has shown that nowadays, prejudiced attitudes and discriminatory behaviours in the workplace tend to be more implicit and subtle. This study aimed to determine the extent to which implicit prejudiced attitudes were prevalent in a sample of DND employees. The Diversity Climate Survey (DCS) was administered to a random sample of 1,067 DND employees. The survey was designed to capture both direct and subtle attitudes towards diversity. Results show that mean item scores on the Employment Equity (EE) Attitudes scale were in the higher range, indicating that employee generally held favourable attitudes towards diversity and EE. However, mean item scores on Neo-Racism and Neo-Sexism scales were slightly higher (in the moderate range) indicating that there is some room for improvement with respect to implicit prejudiced attitudes. Furthermore, results indicate that employees showed greater support for programs and policies that promote fair and equal treatment of all employees, compared to those that appear to favour one particular group over another. Limitations and implications for policy and future research are discussed.

Keywords: Implicit Prejudiced Attitudes, Discriminatory Behaviours, Discrimination, Diversity, Gender Integration, Racism, Sexism

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 11, pp.185-196. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.917MB).

Sylvie Gaudreault

Defence Scientist, Civilian Personnel Research and Analysis, Defence Research and Development Canada, Department of National Defence, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ms. Sylvie Lalonde is a Defence Scientist working for Defence Research Development Canada (DRDC) in the Department of National Defence (DND) for over nine years. Her primary research interests include the study of social and behavioural attitudes in relation to inclusivity in the workplace, ethnicity, diversity and gender integration, and military-civilian culture and relations. She holds an M.A. in Experimental Psychology.


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