Intel has just launched new UK research to assess Gen Z’s expectations around diversity, their experiences of bias and how these will contribute to shaping their future career paths. Gen Z’s representation in the global workforce is set to pass 1 billion by 2030, organizations today need to understand the demographic group’s motivations and perspectives on critical issues such as diversity and inclusion.
For generation Z, diversity and inclusion matter. From social equality to climate change, this is a generation that takes decisive action. When it comes to work, Intel’s research found that a majority of Gen Z — those ages 18 to 24 — in the U.K. would be hesitant to take a job from a company that does not have diverse representation in senior leadership roles. In choosing between competing job offers, a company’s stance on diversity and inclusivity are almost as important as the pay offered. Key findings include:
- Gen Z will make career choices based on diversity and inclusion. Over half (56%) of 18- to 24-year-olds said they would be hesitant to accept a job from an organization that does not have any underrepresented minorities in senior leadership roles.
- Young people are more likely to have experienced bias. Among Gen Z, 39% have experienced bias as a result of gender, 31% personal appearance, 26% ethnic background and 21% sexual orientation. In all cases, these are higher figures than the average across all age groups.
- Diversity and inclusion must be broadly based. Among all respondents, examples of diversity and inclusion at work cited as most important included having colleagues of all ages and levels of experience and backgrounds, as well as equal opportunities for those with disabilities. Gen Z especially emphasized the need for workplaces to be LGBTQ+ friendly.
- Diversity delivers business value. Forty-two percent of respondents said diversity is important because it allows for greater wealth of experience and insights. Forty percent said it means people are placed first and no one is left behind.
Diversity and inclusion have become essential workplace priorities: diverse teams with diverse perspectives are more creative and innovative. It’s critical, now more than ever, to actively create and foster an environment that empowers employees to have confidence and bring their full experiences to work each day.