Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace is gaining prominence in national debates. A recent Pew Research Center survey offers valuable insights into the opinions and experiences of U.S. workers regarding DEI. Let's explore key findings and why DEI in the workplace is crucial.
Key Survey Findings:
Positive Perception: 56% of U.S. workers view focusing on increasing DEI at work as a good thing.
Workplace Measures: Many workplaces have DEI policies (61%) and training sessions (52%), with some featuring DEI-promoting staff (33%), salary transparency (30%), or affinity groups (26%).
Employee Perceptions: Those with access to DEI measures generally find them positively impactful.
Diversity Prioritization: Roughly 30% consider workplace diversity extremely or very important, with a slight emphasis on racial and ethnic diversity (32%).
Political Divide: Democrats (78%) are more supportive of DEI efforts compared to Republicans (30%).
Gender and DEI: Women show stronger support for DEI initiatives and emphasize gender diversity.
Accessibility Matters: Half believe their company pays the right attention to DEI, and 50% consider accessibility for people with physical disabilities important.
Impact of Identity: Opinions vary on how gender, race, and ethnicity affect workplace success, with notable differences.
Why DEI Matters:
Innovation and Creativity
Meeting Customer Needs
Legal and Ethical Imperatives