Workplace discrimination remains a big concern with a recent AllVoices report finding that 55% of workers had experienced discrimination at their current jobs, and that 80% of those who dealt with discrimination said it occurred while they worked remotely, said Claire Schmidt, CEO and founder of AllVoices, an employee feedback management platform that allows for the public to anonymously report concerns in the workplace.
“We also found that many HR leaders are overworked and don’t have the right tools to adequately track and resolve issues, meaning that unresolved discrimination may be a byproduct of an inefficient internal process,” Schmidt writes for Fast Company. “Unfortunately, unresolved reports can lead to headlines, lawsuits, and turnover, as 43% of employees report having left a previous job due to unaddressed discrimination.”
Steps that HR can take to mitigate the risks from discrimination are by engaging with employees to build trust and ensure they have a way to anonymously report their concerns, Schmidt notes. HR also can make it easier to track reports and for employees to find resources.