Diversity in the Workplace

In 2016, the Pew Research Center had conducted a demographic analysis that had found by the year 2055 the U.S. will no longer have a single racial or ethnic majority.

 

If you’ve filled out a job application recently, you might have seen “Equal Opportunity Employer.” Meaning, the company doesn’t discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of race, religion, sex, etc.

 

Today, many companies are looking to build diversity in the workplace.

 

Why is the idea of diversity in the workplace more crucial today than ever? What are the advantages of diversity in the workplace can bring?  Why are diverse millennials the ones being sought after by companies? What do they bring to the workplace?

 

What does diversity in the workplace mean?

Workplace diversity refers to the variety of differences between individuals in an organization including race, gender, ethnic groups, age, religion, sexual orientation, and culture.

Benefits of having a diverse workforce

-Organizations recruiting from a diverse workforce will have a larger pool of applicants to choose from, which leads to a more qualified workforce.

 

-It creates innovation. Diverse employees bring new creative ideas and perspectives influenced by their own cultural experiences.

 

-Diverse teams are more creative and better problem solvers. With diverse minds, more solutions are able to arise.

 

-Diverse employees can help reach a variety of demographics around the world. Having employees that understand cultural nuances and create relationships with foreign countries creates the opportunity for businesses to expand in the global market.

 

-Having multi-lingual employees from different ethnic backgrounds with different experiences can benefit organizations who want to expand operations in the international, national, or in regional and local markets.

 

What do diverse millennials bring to a workplace?

 

-A diverse millennial can bring a selection of different talents and skills.

 

-Millennials are more open to experience new ideas and interested in a wide variety of different nations, cultures, and beliefs.

 

-Diverse millennials can help organizations target certain demographics.

 

-Help employees interact with a diverse clientele and the public.

 

-Diverse millennials know how to reach a younger demographic and have knowledge of the “ what’s in” trends.

 

-Millennials will push more for diversity and inclusion. Millennials are the most diverse generation. Millennials today aren’t afraid to speak on politics, issues, and philosophies.