Black men feel least trusted and black women least empowered in UK offices

Black men feel the least trusted and black women the least empowered in UK offices.

This was discovered by Engaging Business, Diversity & Inclusion Research which found that black men aged 35-44 feel the least trusted to make decisions in the workplace. They are also the least happiest and enjoy their job less. In contrast, white employees feel more positive about their views being heard at work and feel more trusted to make decisions.

Black women feel the least empowered in UK offices compared to other ethnicities and men when it comes to making a decision at work.

This is according to Engaging Works, annual Empowerment research which found that only 57 per cent of black women feeling empowered at work compared to the average of 66 per cent.

White employees have a better relationship with line managers as well and feel more respected at work than Black and Asian workers do.

However, data shows that white males feel more anxious than white females, but they do feel a greater sense of pride and feel more developed. White women do feel that information is shared openly with them and are more positive about whether their opinions will be heard compared to other ethnicities.

Lord Mark Price, founder of Engaging Business and former minister of state at the Department for International Trade said:

Understanding how ethnicity effects working life for employees is vital for any business. Just like gender and age, ethnicity plays a huge part in how people interact and work with each other. Unfortunately, it’s no surprise that the black working community feel the way they do. It’s now up to businesses leaders to understand these results and act on them to make working life fairer for the black community.

This research was gathered by WorkL, Happy At Work Test which has been taken by over 20,000 employees globally since 2017.





Darius is the editor of HRreview. He has previously worked as a finance reporter for the Daily Express. He studied his journalism masters at Press Association Training and graduated from the University of York with a degree in History.