Breaking the “class ceiling”

Written by CMI Insights Wednesday 20 April 2022
A short video history of class in the workplace – and why management is the answer to social mobility in the 21st century
A glass ceiling with a broken window pane

Ever wondered why an individual’s background still limits their life and career chances?

Society used to be largely split into the rich landowners and the poor peasants. But around the world the industrial revolution created a new middle class, and with it the professional managerial class – which kept on growing.

However, in the late 20th century this started to change.

Today, if you’re from a working-class background, you’re 32% less likely to become a manager.

It’s within our power to change the tide. As Lee Elliot Major, the UK’s first professor of social mobility, puts it: organisations won’t be truly inclusive and diverse until the “class ceiling” has been removed too.

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