Black female employees are the least likely to feel empowered to make a decision in the workforce, scoring the lowest across ethnicities and gender with just 57 per cent, according to the annual Empowerment Research by workplace research firm Engaging Works.
With the average being 66 per cent, white females score below average with 61 per cent, whereas both white males and black males score above average with 72 per cent and 68 per cent respectively.
Arab women top the scoreboard with 76 per cent when asked if they feel empowered to make decisions at work. Asian men also feel empowered, scoring 71 per cent, just below Hispanic males with 72 per cent.
The data has been taken from the Engaging Works Workplace Happiness Survey, which has polled more than 10,000 employees globally since 2017.
The research also compares industries, management versus non-management, and age criteria.
Other findings show that employees in the architecture and engineering, education, financial services, healthcare and public sector industries are the least empowered. Employees in technology, marketing and advertising, fast-moving consumer goods, and business and management services all feel empowered.
Lord Mark Price, founder of Engaging Works, said: “Our annual research shines a light on the need to empower black employees, specifically black females, in the workplace. Organisations must act now to help employees from the black community feel empowered and trusted to make decisions at work. This can be done by making them a key part of the decision-making process as well as listening to their ideas and integrating their suggestions to build and reﬁne business strategies.”
The annual data also compares how employees are feeling empowered, pre and post-Covid 19. Results reveal that employees are feeling more empowered to make decisions while working from home compared with working in the office, with a score of 73 per cent against 65 per cent pre-Covid 19.