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Poll: Young Workers Increasingly Want Proof Prospective Employers Taking Action on DEI Issues

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Feb 18, 2021
Younger workers in growing numbers are demanding that companies offer tangible evidence of their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace, giving those who can provide it an edge in hiring, according to the Washington Post.

It pointed to a Glassdoor poll that found that 76 percent of respondents said it was very important to them that prospective employers walk the walk on DEI, that almost half of Black and Hispanic users have quit a job due to discrimination, and that 37 percent of respondents said they would not work for a company that has a negative rating from people of color. The poll also noted the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which ranks what new graduates are looking for in their jobs, found that a diverse workplace was the 12th most important out of 15 items in 2008, but that it was seventh out of 19 items in 2020.

The change reflects not only changing cultural currents in response to recent events (many cited the killing of George Floyd by police officers as having changed their stance on the issue) but also a growing willingness to assert one's needs at work. While before, applicants may have been hesitant to bring up the topic of DEI to a hiring manager out of fear of seeming difficult or angry, the Post said that graduates are becoming increasingly comfortable mentioning DEI in interviews and, indeed, judging the company as much as the company is judging them.