An internal survey conducted into the employees of the New York Times has revealed that nearly half of all employees feel that they cannot speak freely in the workplace, as per a report by the New York Post.
Only 51% of employees reported that they believe they can speak their mind whilst at work, 10% lower than the previous benchmark, which raises the question, why do nearly half of these employees feel this way?
What did the report say?
The report analyzed opinions given by employees at the Times, where just shy of half believe their opinions are not sought after.
A Times assessment of its own internal survey shows that many employees feel that ‘differing viewpoints are not sought after or valued in the workplace’.
The survey recorded a 10% drop in the number of employees who feel their speech is free and valued, whilst they also recorded another 10% drop in employees who believe that the higher-ups in the business accept people with racial differences.
Roughly 25% of employees believe the opposite of this, stating that many of their colleagues and managers do not accept those who are of ethnic minorities.
The survey highlights the strong difference of opinions from Times employees, which has been displayed further in the last few months.
In the wake of the death of George Floyd last year, numerous Times employees led an open revolt against the company after they had ran op-ed by Republican Senator Tom Cotton; who called for the military to be deployed into cities that were unable to stop to the increase of violence at Black Lives Matter protests.
This open rebellion by numerous employees led to the resignation of editor James Bennet.
In the months that followed, fellow editor for the Times, Bari Weiss, also tendered her resignation from the company, after claiming that she felt she was being bullied by her colleagues for having different viewpoints.
The survey into the Times highlights these issues that need addressing, with the companies reputation in the national media stage now at stake.