Slide 1 - Waltham Forest Council

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Equality and Diversity
Equality and Diversity
Over seven in ten employees (71%) feel that diversity, difference and equality are valued
within the Council, a positive shift of 9% points. A similar proportion (68%) feel able to be
themselves at work without fear of discrimination. However, only half (50%) believe that
every member of staff is treated with fairness and respect (the same proportion as in
2007), and employees are less likely than in 2007 to feel that support and advice about
equality issues are readily available (-5% points). Whilst 68% know how to make a formal
complaint about discrimination/bullying/harassment, almost two in five (39%) would feel
uncomfortable doing so.
The proportions of employees who have felt disadvantaged or unfairly treated remains
similar to 2007, and in line with our overall and local authority norms. One possible area
of concern is that 8% of staff feel that they have been disadvantaged or unfairly treated
on account of their ethnicity/race, which although down from 11% in 2007, is still 3%
points above the local authority norm.
Employees are most likely to have received unfair treatment at the hands of another
colleague or their line manager (34% and 27% respectively). Furthermore, only 27% of
employees who had felt disadvantaged or unfairly treated reported the incident –
although this is an improvement from 20% in 2007. A reluctance to report incidents of this
nature may be down to a perception that the Council will not take sufficient corrective
action. Of those who had reported an incident, over two fifths (44%) say that the situation
was not fully resolved.
Equality
and
Diversity
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following
% Positive
statements:
WF WF
C 09 C 07
27
Diversity, difference and
equality are valued
within the Council
Every member of staff is
treated with fairness and
respect at the Council
44
16
33
17
Support and advice
about equality issues
including staff networks
are readily available 12
18
25
41
28
Access to development
% Strongly agree
and opportunities for
% Tend to
promotion is fair and
disagree
based on individual
29
Over
all
Nor
m
5 33
13
24
LA
Nor
m
71
62
n/a
n/a
50
50
n/a
n/a
58
63
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
7 5
73 8
14
9
9
% Tend to agree
% Neither agree nor disagree
% Strongly
disagree
% Don't know/ 36
no opinion/
not
n/a
stated
Equality
and
Diversity
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following
statements:
% Positive
WF WF
C 09 C 07
26
42
19
43
15
35
22
12
26
21
20
n/a
n/a
n/a
68
65
n/a
n/a
53
n/a
n/a
n/a
36
34
n/a
n/a
10 5 11
Bullying, harassment and other
discriminatory or unfair treatment is
challenged at the Council
I would feel uncomfortable making a
complaint about discrimination / bullying
/ harassment*
68
8 36
I know how to make a formal complaint
about discrimination / bullying /
harassment
18
Over
all
Nor
m
7 42
I feel able to be myself at work without
fear of discrimination
25
LA
Nor
m
16
5
% Strongly agree
% Tend to agree
% Neither agree nor disagree
% Tend to
disagree
% Strongly
disagree
% Don't know/ no opinion/ not
stated
* Negatively worded questions – disagreement is the positive response
Equality
and
Diversity
To what extent have you felt disadvantaged or unfairly
treated on account of your…
WFC
09
WFC
07
LA
Norm
Overall
Norm
7
9
9
9
7
4
5
3
2
9
8
11
5
4
9 42 8 8
7
8
8
7
% A great deal/fair amount
Age
Disability
66
38
13 5 2 7 7
5 22
61
Ethnicity/race
45
12 5 3 11
67
Gender
Religion
65
7 22 15
9
4
6
3
2
Sexual orientation
64
6 11 19
9
2
3
n/a
n/a
4
6
n/a
n/a
Trade Union
membership
55
7 22
23
12
% Not at all
% Not very much
% Not applicable
% A fair amount
% A great deal
% Don't know/ no opinion/ not stated
Equality and Diversity
Thinking about the most recent incident of unfair treatment you experienced at
work, please tick below the type of incident you experienced:*
24%
People making assumptions or stereotyping you
Being ignored or isolated
17%
Been given an unfair workload
17%
7%
People making offensive or abusive remarks and jokes
Being pushed to give your views on something you are
uncomfortable about discussing
5%
The display of materials in the workplace that you find
offensive
1%
Physical attack
1%
Offensive emails/text messages
1%
Other
*Base: Employees who have felt disadvantaged or unfairly treated
24%
Equality and Diversity
Thinking about the most recent incident of unfair treatment you experienced at
work, who was this by?*
34%
Another colleague
27%
Your line manager
19%
Someone in your team
14%
A customer/resident
Contractor/Partner
3%
*Base: Employees who have felt disadvantaged or unfairly treated
Equality and Diversity
Thinking about the most recent
incident of unfair treatment you
experienced, did you or someone else
report the incident?*
Once reported, was the
situation resolved?**
3
15
11
27
% Yes
WFC
09
WFC
07
% Yes,
completely
44
27
42
20
58
% Yes
% Yes,
completely
% No
% Don’t know/can’t remember/not
stated
*Base: Employees who have felt
disadvantaged or unfairly treated
% Yes, partially
% Don’t know/can’t remember/not
stated
**Base: Employees who have felt
disadvantaged or unfairly treated and
% No
WFC
09
11
WFC
07
17
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