Survey: Minorities More Skeptical of Merit Promotion

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<p><b>Boston &mdash; Feb. 6</b><br />Black and Hispanic employees are more skeptical than their white colleagues that performance on the job will lead to career advancement, according to a national telephone survey by Novations Group, a global consulting organization based in Boston.<br /><br />Nearly two-thirds of white employees, 65.2 percent, cited job performance as most important for advancement in their workplace compared with just 56.6 percent and 58.2 percent for Hispanics and blacks, respectively.<br /><br />Respondents were asked, &quot;What do you think is the most important reason for advancement in your workplace?&quot;</p><p><br />Their answers&nbsp; are&nbsp; as follows: </p><ul><li>Job Performance</li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hispanic: 56.6 percent</li></ul><ul><li>Black: 58.2 percent</li></ul><ul><li>White: 65.2 percent</li></ul><li>Who You Know<br /></li><ul><li>Hispanic: 20.1 percent</li><li>Black: 13.3 percent</li><li>White: 19.2 percent</li></ul><li>Seniority</li><ul><li>Hispanic: 12.2 percent</li><li>Black: 14.7 percent</li><li>White: 9 percent</li></ul><li>Luck</li><ul><li>Hispanic: 1.7 percent</li><li>Black: 1.7 percent</li><li>White: 1.6 percent<br /></li></ul></ul><p>&quot;Asked the main reason for promotion where they work, Hispanics and blacks were somewhat more likely than whites to cite other factors such as &#39;who you know&#39; or seniority,&rdquo; said Novations CEO and President Mike Hyter. &ldquo;But the statistical gaps with respect to job performance are significant and point to a widespread perception that organizations needs to address.&rdquo;<br /><br />What should concern senior management, Hyter said, is the overall lukewarm endorsement of merit promotion.&nbsp; </p><p>&ldquo;Just 61.4 percent of all employees said it&rsquo;s job performance, which means there&rsquo;s a large minority that doesn&rsquo;t believe the system is working fairly or as it&rsquo;s supposed to,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;On the other hand, for the merit system to work fairly organizations have to make available to all employees the challenging opportunities.</p><p>&ldquo;And at the same time, individual employees themselves must become engaged in managing their own growth and development and demonstrate a willingness to take up those risks and challenges. While job performance and merit are certainly key, so is initiative.&rdquo;<br /><br />The telephone phone survey of 668 employed Americans was conducted for Novations Group on Sept. 27 to Oct. 3 by International Communications Research, Media, PA.&nbsp; Hispanics were double-sampled with 106 in the survey sample.</p>

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