Survey: Employees favor diverse leadership, but companies are lagging

Full-time staffers say gender and ethnic diversity can boost the bottom line. They also see it as a way to enhance the overall workplace culture and improve productivity.

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Eight in 10 full-time workers say cultural and gender diversity among business leaders helps their company perform better and generate more revenue, a new survey reveals.

Only 35 percent of full-time employees report that they have equal male and female leadership, and fewer than 18 percent have substantial female leadership, reports DesignRush, a B2B marketplace connecting brands with agencies.

The figures come from a DesignRush survey of 228 full-time U.S. employees ages 25 to 80. Participants were polled about how diverse their workplace leadership is, and how business diversity can be improved.

The study echoes other surveys on the topic. A study by Boston Consulting Group last year found that diversity bolsters the bottom line for companies, Forbes reported. The study found that “increasing the diversity of leadership teams leads to more and better innovation and improved financial performance,” Forbes stated.

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