Asian American Employees Lack a Sense of Belonging at Work

By Matt Gonzales, SHRM |

New research shows that many Asian American workers feel unsupported and underrepresented in leadership positions, lack a sense of belonging, and are grappling with skyrocketing mental health problems.

survey conducted by research firm AAPI Data and polling company Momentive revealed that Asian American employees are significantly less likely than white, Black, and Hispanic/Latino workers to say "There are others like me in leadership positions" in their workplaces.

"I think this research casts a spotlight on how businesses need to be more proactive in addressing inclusion challenges for Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian employees," said Rachel Yuen, co-founder of Momentive's Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employee resource group (ERG).