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100 Percent of HR Pros Under 31 Believe Diversity Is 'Essential'

100 Percent of HR Pros Under 31 Believe Diversity Is 'Essential'
From Recruiter - March 15, 2017

Waggl conducted its Voice of the Workplace pulse regardingdiversity with the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA), one of the nations largest HR associations. The pulse was sent by NCHRA to thousands of HR professionals using Waggls crowdsourced listening platform from February 3-March 8, 2017. Respondentsincluded the attendees of the HR West 2017 conference at the Oakland Convention Center, March 6-8, 2017.

An overwhelming 96 percent responded that they believe cultivating diversity in the workplace is essential for driving innovation. Responses were relatively consistent across various demographics including age, gender, region, and size of the organization. In addition, 71 percent of participants said that they feel their organization is strongly committed to fostering diversity.

Among respondents under the ages of 31, 100 percent felt that diversity is essential and believed that their organizations are strongly committed to fostering it.

Despite the current politics of borders and immigration, it is generally accepted that companies benefit from cultivating a diverse workforce, but it can be difficult to measure or quantify the impact of diversity on an organizations ability to innovate, said Greg Morton, CEO, NCHRA. However, as this pulse indicates, weve all witnessed cases in which diversity has directly driven innovation by creating an environment where out of the box ideas are heard and encouraged. Weve also seen situations where, without sufficient knowledge or training about cultural diversity, managers can inadvertently fail to cultivate trust and respect in the workplace without even being aware of the consequences. It appears organizations that continue to actively commit to cultivating cultural intelligence will be generally better equipped to innovate.



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