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DEI Major Factor in Job Decisions for Candidates

DEI Major Factor in Job Decisions for Candidates

Sept. 19, 2023
However, only 29% of employees say their company has taken more action in the past six months to demonstrate its commitment to DEI.

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is still a key factor  for 53% of U.S. workers when considering a company for employment, according to research from Eagle Hill Consulting.

Age is a factor in this perception as it's important to Gen Z at 77% compared to Millennials at 63%.

When considering a new job, employees say it is important that there are employees they identify with (63%), leaders they identify with (59%), and that DEI is a priority for the CEO (52%).

During the recruitment process, workers say it is important to hear that employee perspectives are valued (85%), employees feel safe bringing their authentic self to work (80%), leadership has transparent decision making (80%), and the company has a collaborative culture (75%).

However, employers have to catch up to address their workers needs. Only 29% of employees say their company has taken more action in the past six months to demonstrate its commitment to DEI.

Some segments of the workforce, however, report that their employers have taken more steps on DEI, including workers who identify as having a physical impairment (46%), LGBTQ (40%), military veterans (40%), and neurodiverse (39%).

Also, more nonwhite employees report their employers have taken DEI actions in recent months, with Asian/Pacific Islander employees at 39%, Hispanic/Latino employees at 35%, and African American/Black employees at 33%.  

“This research also makes it clear that all workers place a high value on bringing their authentic self to the job, feeling a sense of belonging and connection at work, and identifying with their colleagues and leaders,” said Melissa Jezior, CEO of Eagle Hill Consulting, in a statement,  That’s just human nature. Smart employers are tapping into this employee sentiment and ensuring their culture creates a welcoming and supportive environment for all segments of their workforce. A culture where employees feel valued and connected is a competitive factor when it comes to attracting and keeping top workers.”

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