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Workers more likely to leave companies that fail to address diversity problems - Expert comment

Sheila Flavell, COO at FDM Group and Chair of the Advisory board for the IoC:

“It’s encouraging to see that employees recognise the benefits of diversity in the workplace and these findings should inspire business leaders to do more in this area. The first step forward is for companies to view diversity as a business strategy and not a HR tick-box exercise. Bringing together a workforce from different cultures and backgrounds not only creates a more dynamic working environment, it strengthens company morale and boosts productivity. A key aspect of this approach should be tackling pay gaps in terms of ethnicity and gender, two all too common issues that send the wrong signal to prospective and existing employees. It’s not about favouritism, it’s about creating a level playing field for every staff member, whatever their background.”