Why We Need To Expand The Definition of Workplace Diversity

A 2014 study by SAP had some interesting findings about workplace diversity:

When polled about the biggest concerns being faced by HR managers surrounding diversity at work, 60 percent cited employees’ lack of interest in assimilating workplace values, 50 percent were worried about conflicting generational values, and 47 percent said that they were concerned about the so-called “unrealistic expectations of millennial employees.”

The SAP study was done more than two and a half years ago, and in that short time, the diversity landscape at work has changed drastically. What may have once seemed like a case of idealistic millennials has taken center stage in driving change and promoting inclusion. Think about it: Older generations would have once downplayed their differences to “fit in” at work, while millennials are unapologetically themselves and less likely to check their personalities at the door.

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