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Employee "Authenticity" in the Workplace Linked to Higher Job Satisfaction

Workplace DiversityEmployers already know that embracing diversity in the workplace can help attract top talent. Now, a new study shows that it may also increase individual workers’ feelings of satisfaction with their jobs.  

The study looked at the relationship between employee "authenticity" at work and job satisfaction and turnover.. According to the study, employees' level of comfort with embracing their social identities on the job makes a difference in how well they get along with their co-workers, how satisfied they are with the job, and how long they stay with the organization.

The study was conducted jointly by Rice, The University of Houston and George Mason University. A Rice University press release about the study stated, “[h]iding your true social identity — race and ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation or a disability — at work can result in decreased job satisfaction and increased turnover.” Thus, an organizational culture where employees feel safe to be themselves can save organizations money by decreasing expensive turnover.

“This research highlights the fact that people make decisions every day about whether it is safe to be themselves at work, and that there are real consequences of these decisions,” one of the study’s authors said.

Employees who see discrimination in their workplace or who are afraid of being discriminated against because of their social identities are more likely to try to hide or suppress those identities.

WeComply’s workplace diversity training course helps create a positive organizational culture by emphasizing the importance of treating everyone with respect and dignity and by showing how embracing diversity is a smart business strategy.

Categories: Workplace Compliance
Tags: Workplace Diversity

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