Today’s society is diverse, multicultural, and multilingual. The result of this is a fantastic, colourful, and vibrant community, who share values and ideas that spur on the advancement of creativity, technology, and human knowledge. Reflecting the make-up of our society in the workplace is important to ensure that these discussions also take place within industries.

To reflect how far the UK workplace is currently representative of the country’s population, office stationery suppliers Viking have broken the workforce down to what it’d look like if it was made up of just 100 people.

The digestible results have then been compared to the same breakdown for the UK population, to highlight areas of under-representation.

The data has been visualised to illustrate these areas.

The visualisation helps to prompt managers and employers to examine their staff from a diversity standpoint. Should similar issues be noticed in their workplaces, it can be beneficial for employers to put thought into why this might be the case.

Does a lack of representation stem from a lack of diversity in the local area? Or could your business be doing more to attract employees from different backgrounds?

Often barriers can exist to individuals entering a workplace that aren’t immediately obvious to those who have not walked in that person’s shoes. Assess what your office might look like from someone else’s point of view.

Are there facilities for religious people to pray? Would a disabled person be able to navigate it without substantial changes being made? It’s important to consider these things when expanding your team.

2011 Census data from the Office of National Statistics was used to undertake the study. Nine different points were analysed.

 Each of these points was split into different demographic groups found in the UK population and were then calculated as a percentage of the whole workforce and population. This percentage was then used to formulate the UK workplace as 100 people.

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Hannah Rogers is a Content Specialist with a focus on HR topics. She regularly discusses topics including workplace diversity and discrimination, company perks and more.

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