Diversity and the generation gap
A recent study by Deloitte Consulting suggests there are differing views on the concept of diversity and inclusion between Baby Boomers and Millennials. According to Deloitte, non millennials see diversity and inclusion as one point and are “21 percent more likely to focus on representation, and disproportionately focus on things like religion and demographics when employing their programs.” This in turns promotes a program that is numbers based, but may not solve the over riding issue.
“Millennials, on the other hand, recognize that diversity and inclusion require different initiatives; diversity is all about hiring and staffing more people from different groups, while inclusion is about making sure those groups are treated fairly and have the chance to bring their ideas to the table.” Millennials are also 71% more likely to focus on teamwork, unique experiences, and qualitative outcomes that create a culture change versus numbers. In addition, Millennials also have a broader definition of diversity than in years past, including socioeconomic status and age as groups of people in need of representation.
The differing views on diversity is very interesting and may shed some light on the future of diversity and inclusion in America. As I’ve stated before, the idea of diversity will always change but I do believe programs will still be needed in order to ensure underrepresented groups, whatever they may be, have a voice.