Millennials Have A Different Definition Of Diversity And Inclusion
When it comes to defining diversity and inclusion at work, the generation gap between boomers, gen-Xers, and millennials is more like a growing trench, according to a new study from Deloitte and the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative (BJKLI).
The report shows that overall, millennials see the two concepts through a completely different lens. It analyzed the responses of 3,726 individuals from a variety of backgrounds, with representation across gender, race/ethnicity, generation, sexual orientation, national status, veteran status, disabilities, level within an organization, and tenure with an organization. They were asked 62 questions about diversity and inclusion that offered up a snapshot of shifting generational mindsets.
Millennials view diversity as the blending of different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives within a team, which is known as cognitive diversity.
They also use the word to describe the combination of these unique traits to overcome challenges and achieve business goals. Millennials view cognitive diversity as a necessary element for innovation, and are 71% more likely to focus on teamwork.
For millennials, inclusion is the support for a collaborative environment that values open participation from individuals with different ideas and perspectives that has a positive impact on business. Leadership at such an organization is transparent, communicative, and engaging.