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