Have you ever been discriminated against at the workplace?
Study on openness at Hungarian workplaces, the groups most rejected by colleagues, and employee happiness
Budapest, 04.07.2014 — 83% of future employees, namely pupils and students, would like to work at a place where there is no negative discrimination. By contrast, more than half of Hungarian employees have already encountered negative discrimination, according to a study by Gemius . Only Roma people are less accepted by colleagues than LGBTQ people. The research also revealed that being open makes business sense for companies, since employees who work at open-minded companies where others are only judged on the basis of their actions and achievements are happier and more committed. More than 700 companies, organisations and communities have joined the We’re Open initiative over the last year, which was set up for communities that regard openness as a fundamental value. The initiative will have a joint float at this year’s Budapest Pride too and invites everyone to join it.
One in two employees has encountered workplace discrimination
According to the research, which is representative of the online Hungarian community aged over 15, 52% of employees reported that they had encountered negative discrimination at the workplace, and of these one in two had personally experienced negative discrimination. The 52% figure is very high in European comparison; according to an international study  , the Western European average is around 35%.
A third of employers are not open-minded
While the vast majority of future employees, namely current pupils and students, said that they would prefer to work at an open workplace, according to current employees that is not true of a third of employers. 83% of pupils and students said that they would like to work at a workplace where it is regarded as a fundamental corporate value that employees and partners are judged solely on the basis of their actions and their work performance, and without regard to their age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic background, political convictions, religious or other beliefs, physical abilities, or other characteristics.
Roma and LGBTQ people are the groups most rejected by colleagues
The research also looked at the extent to which employees are accepting of one another at the workplace. The groups most rejected by their own colleagues are Roma and LGBTQ people (according to international research, the latter make up 5 to 8% of society) by a clear margin. Employees would least like to have members of these two groups as colleagues, subordinates or managers. More than two-thirds of employees (69%) said they would not accept an LGBTQ person as their manager. Even fewer employees (24%) would accept a Roma person as their manager. More than half of employees would not want to be the manager of a LGBTQ (56%) or Roma employee (54%).
Being open makes business sense for employers
The research also revealed that being open makes business sense for companies and organisations. Those respondents who thought that their employer regards it as a fundamental value that others are judged solely on the basis of their actions and achievements, without regard to other characteristics were happier at their workplace and more committed.
Companies and organisations are standing up for openness with a float at Budapest Pride
As part of the We’re Open initiative set up for companies, organisations and communities that regard openness as a fundamental value, numerous companies and organisations, including Prezi, espell and Google, the organisers of the community initiative, and Gemius, which performed the research, will have a joint float at this year’s Budapest Pride too. First-time Priders, as well as companies, organisations and communities with a tradition of participating in Pride and all other supporters are invited to join the We’re Open float Last year’s crowd and festival atmosphere were a sure sign that this year’s Budapest Pride will prove even more popular. We’re Open also looks forward to welcoming many first-time Priders – people who have previously not participated in the parade. You can join the We’re Open initiative, which currently has a membership of nearly 700 companies, organisations and communities, on the nyitottakvagyunk.hu website. We welcome all those companies, organisations and communities that regard it as a fundamental value that others are judged solely on the basis of their actions and achievements, without regard to other characteristics.
About the research
The research is representative of the online Hungarian community aged over 15. The sample size was 2,500 people. The questionnaire survey was performed using the CAWI pop-up method between 20 and 27 July. The research was carried out by Gemius, a member of the We’re Open community, with the support of Index and Sanoma Media Budapest, which are also members of We’re Open.
 The research is representative of the online Hungarian community aged over 15.
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