How to Tell If a Company Values Diversity and Inclusion

How can you tell if a company truly values diversity? Many companies promote their support for diversity and inclusion. They broadcast their desire to hire people from all backgrounds (regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or ethnicity) and how they create an environment that’s welcoming to all in the workplace.

This inclusivity is not just a reflection of legality, although it’s worth noting that there are federal laws against harassment in the workplace due to race, sex, national origin, age, disability, and genetic information, according to the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC).

Why Companies Value Diversity

Companies value diversity and inclusion because it’s important to their potential employees. A survey by Glassdoor found that 67% of job seekers claimed that a diverse workplace was important to them. Similarly, a 2018 survey of tech workers by Atlassian found that 80% valued diversity.

Take note: A diverse workforce leads to more ideas and innovation, which benefits the company. Not to mention it’s good for the bottom line.

Research by McKinsey & Company shows that companies with an executive team that’s diverse in terms of gender and ethnicity outperform others in terms of profit. For companies, prioritizing diversity is a win-win.

Unfortunately, many find it a struggle. Just take a look at companies’ executive boards, and you’ll see how rare it is to find diversity among leadership. Often, companies say they value diversity, but fail to implement the types of hiring priorities and programs that make it a true value. If you’re a jobseeker eager to work in a diverse and inclusive environment, how can you know if a company will meet your needs? 

Read about 6 ways to identify if a company values diversity and inclusion.

By Alicia Hibbard
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