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Asian workers feel excluded in workplace

A new survey out finds that only 16% of Asian men and 20% of Asian women feel fully included in the workplace, reports USA Today.

These findings rank Asian men the lowest in the survey, with Asian women the second lowest and Black women the third at 22%.

The Bain Survey questioned 10,000 employees from various backgrounds and seniority in seven different countries from various companies.

“US companies need to start paying attention to inclusion and belonging for Asian American employees,” wrote Karthik Venkataraman and Pam Yee, two employees at Bain in their company blog. “We have the ability to create fairer processes and systems and to embed more inclusive practices within our organization, and we must do so.”

The survey found the feeling of being included cuts across all ethnic groups, with Asian employees, however, at the bottom.

Bain Company graphic

Those surveyed defined inclusion at work as one that is diverse and in which people are heard, valued and supported. The survey found employees wanted to be treated with respect, want to be able to contribute and feel connected to others.

As to why Asian American employees ranked at the bottom, the survey pointed to the bamboo ceiling that has found Asian employees the least likely to climb the management ranks. One in every 96 Asian men holds a management position. For Asian women, it’s even worse-one in every 124. That compares to one every 45 White men and one in every 60 White women in executive positions.

Stereotypes of Asians as passive and submissive contribute to this, as well as false perceptions of Asians as the model minority.

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