Survey: Zions Employees Have Positive Perception of Equality at Work

In Gender Intelligence Group survey, employees give high marks for manager inclusiveness and opportunity.

Heidi Prokop Sep 18, 2018

Zions Bank employees overall have a positive perception of gender equality in the workplace, according to a recent survey of employees by Gender Intelligence Group, whose CEO is Barbara Annis — a world-renowned expert on gender, diversity and inclusive leadership.

Thanks to employees’ strong participation, the sample size was solid, with a 57 percent response rate from 54 percent male employees and 45 percent female employees. Those surveyed spanned a cross-section of roles, from executive to middle management, professional roles, administrative and sales positions.

Overall, Annis said she was very impressed by the results, noting that she has not surveyed other financial services companies that demonstrated sentiment so closely aligned among men and women respondents. In many other surveys she has conducted, she often finds women rate their workplace satisfaction lower than men.

The top strength revealed by the survey was a mean score of 88 to the question: “I feel genuinely heard and understood by members of other cultures/races/ethnicity.” Another robust mean score of 87 went to the question: “People are treated with respect, regardless of race, gender, religious or lifestyle preference.”

When ranking overall inclusiveness, the average overall score among all Zions Bank employees was 77.1 on a 100-point scale. Annis noted that scores of 80 and above demonstrate very strong gender intelligence, so Zions Bank employees are exhibiting positive perceptions of gender equality.

Certain categories of inclusiveness were particularly high among both male and female employees. Both genders ranked a of these few categories with the same score: “dignity” was highest at 84, while “manager inclusiveness” scored 82 and “opportunity” received a score of 77 by both genders.

The category of “openness” had a score of 73 for women and 74 for men, while “satisfaction” was a 79 for women and an 80 for men, again tracking quite closely. Ethnic inclusiveness received a score of 78.

Zions Bank President and CEO Scott Anderson said he is working with Gender Intelligence Group to dig a bit deeper into the data to see demographic trends, involving Human Resources, and creating a two-year plan with specific metrics.

Survey information was anonymous and aggregated not by Zions Bank but by the Gender Intelligence Group.

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