Sign up for our daily briefing

Make your busy days simpler with Axios AM/PM. Catch up on what's new and why it matters in just 5 minutes.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Catch up on the day's biggest business stories

Subscribe to Axios Closer for insights into the day’s business news and trends and why they matter

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Stay on top of the latest market trends

Subscribe to Axios Markets for the latest market trends and economic insights. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Sports news worthy of your time

Binge on the stats and stories that drive the sports world with Axios Sports. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Tech news worthy of your time

Get our smart take on technology from the Valley and D.C. with Axios Login. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Get the inside stories

Get an insider's guide to the new White House with Axios Sneak Peek. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Axios on your phone

Get breaking news and scoops on the go with the Axios app.

Download for free.

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Denver news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Denver

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Des Moines news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Des Moines

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Twin Cities news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Twin Cities

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Tampa Bay news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Tampa Bay

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Charlotte news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Charlotte

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Sign up for Axios NW Arkansas

Stay up-to-date on the most important and interesting stories affecting NW Arkansas, authored by local reporters

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Across jobs and industries, Black employees have more negative views of the state of diversity and inclusion than their colleagues, according to a new report out today by career site Glassdoor.

Why it matters: Negative perceptions of workplace culture have a business cost. They can affect performance and productivity and ultimately lead to turnover.

"It's a crisis if employees of different cultural backgrounds have a different lived experience in the workplace," says Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor and lead author of the report.

By the numbers: As companies have ramped up diversity and inclusion efforts in the aftermath of racial justice protests, Black employees' perception of workplace D&I has actually fallen.

  • Black workers' average rating for the state of D&I across scores of companies on Glassdoor fell from 2.6 out of 5 stars in 2019 to 2.5 stars in 2021. At the same time, the average D&I rating among all other employees rose from 2.8 stars to 3.1. stars.

"Sentiment among white employees goes up because there seems to be a perception that we’re doing more, while sentiment among black employees goes down," Chamberlain says. "Many black employees are seeing that the questions are being asked but that change isn’t happening."

  • "This is why just looking at overall averages can be damaging for companies," he says."White voices tend to dominate the conversation on diversity and inclusion simply because of the numbers."

There are certain industries and jobs where the perception gap is highest.

  • The three industries with biggest gaps between Black workers and workers of other races — primarily white — are accounting, consumer services, and travel and tourism.
  • The three jobs with the widest gaps are registered nursing, customer success, and program manager.

The gaps in these fields are troubling because not only are they the widest, but they're also in job categories that are projected to boom in the post-pandemic world, like nursing, travel and customer service.

The stakes: These perception gaps lead to pay gaps, Chamberlain notes.

  • Poor workplace culture affects Black workers' mental health and can get in the way of promotions and push employees to leave, which then interrupts career trajectories and widens the racial pay gap.

Go deeper

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
Jul 31, 2021 - Economy & Business

Wages go up and to the right

Data: BLS; Chart: Axios Visuals

When the demand for workers outstrips the supply, wages go up — which is exactly what we're seeing in the current economy.

Why it matters: The least-loved jobs are often seeing the fastest pay rises.

Axios AM Deep Dive: Inside the jobs Bonanza

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

This Deep Dive on jobs by the Axios business team looks at the incredible state of the U.S. jobs market and how employers, employees and job seekers are navigating this unprecedented moment.

Vaccine mandates complicate the jobs recovery

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A growing number of companies are thinking about requiring employees to vax up for work.

Why it matters: COVID-19 vaccination rates are plateauing across the country while infections spike. Mandating that all employees be vaccinated will make some workers feel safer about returning to the office — but it risks alienating those who are opposed to getting the jab.