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Monica Smiley

Monica Smiley is Editor & Publisher of Enterprising Women. The magazine will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2020. She is also the President and Founder of the Enterprising Women Foundation. To learn more about Enterprising Women or to donate to the Foundation's initiative to mentor and inspire the next generation of women leaders, please email Monica at msmiley@enterprisingwomen.com or call 919-362-5151.

New Data from EY: Belonging at Work

Belonging Barometer, a new study that reveals the emotional and reputational impact of exclusion and belonging in the American workplace amongst various communities, including the LGBTQ community, differing genders, differing races, differing generations.

The survey of over 1,000 employed adult Americans uncovered that second only to home, 34% percent feel the greatest sense of belonging at work.

Additional key findings from the survey include:
  • Diversity and Belonging are Workplace Expectations: Nearly half of American workers believe that diversity is best represented at work and over a third feel the greatest sense of belonging at work.
  • Regular Check-Ins Prevent Workers from Checking Out: 39% of respondents say that when colleagues check in with them about how they are doing both personally and professionally, they feel the greatest sense of belonging at work.
  • Women Believe Exclusion is a Form of Bullying: The majority of women (61%) believe that exclusion is a form of bullying in the workplace, the majority of men (53%) believe it is not.
  • Emotional Barometer – Social Exclusion Makes People Feel Physically Ignored, Stressed, Sad and Event Angry: When social exclusion happens at work, people feel physically and emotionally isolated. More than 40%of respondents across generations and genders feel physically alone, or in other words, ignored. Others also experience feelings of stress (26% of males) and sadness (28% of women).
The full fact sheet can be found here
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