Millennials are advocating for diversity and inclusion within the workplace and are not willing to compromise, with many willing to take salary cuts for more diverse environments. In this series, we explore diversity and inclusion through a millennial lens and try to find ways employers can respond to the ever-changing dynamics of the workplace.
A report on Radical Transformation of Diversity and Inclusion: The Millennial Effect notes that millennials believe that an inclusive culture not only fosters engaged workers but also develops improved business outcomes. Another study done by Deloitte supports this claim as inclusive environments have led to a 75% professional growth within the millennial workforce. This has led to better performance, encouraged creativity and generating better ideas.
According to Forbes, millennials want diversity and inclusion to be embedded through an organisation’s connection of ideas, values and ethical practices; unlike their predecessors who see inclusion as yet another requirement to get through to reach desired results or objectives.
“Ultimately, millennials and non-millennials each have a valid approach to fostering successful diversity and inclusion programs, and each generation can learn from the other to create a system that holds the greatest potential impact overall,” writes consultant Anna Johansson.
That’s why diversity and inclusion in the workplace are important. Diversity is seen as how we engage and value different backgrounds, experiences, identities and perspectives within a workplace. The biggest emphasis on achieving the desired balance is a combination of teamwork and collaboration — qualities we’ve looked at in our previous article on millennials in the workplace.
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