It’s no secret that Millennials value more than money and fame. For many people under 40, developing a work / life balance is essential, as well as connecting with the people you work with. When it comes to workplace diversity and inclusiveness, Millennials are also different than their counterparts in that they believe diversity should be embedded in company culture and not simply a numerical goal.
This desire for a more inclusive culture is directly opposite of that in Silicon Valley, an industry where a “whopping 76% of technical jobs are held by men, and blacks and Latinos only make up 5% of the workforce.” These numbers may not be due to a lack of trying however, the numbers are the numbers. The major hindrance for progress seems to be the industry itself. According to Forbes “despite the overwhelming statistics indicating a bias toward white men, 94% of American tech workers give their industry a “passing” grade when it comes to diversity. This lack of acknowledgment from within stokes the fires, and makes Millennials even more inclined to take action.”
With an ever changing demographic, the need for inclusion is clear but difficult to promote in an industry achieving billions each year. Still with the lack of diverse opinions within products and services in tech, long lasting issues arise.
And diversity doesn’t simply mean ethnicity either. Gender, experience, and background all play a role in developing a better industry to connect with more people. But diversity has to start somewhere and for the most part, it seems as if the starting point is still being found.