Ninety percent of all organizations polled said they have a diverse workforce. Of these responding in the affirmative, 92% of hiring managers say senior managers at their organizations strongly support diversity as a goal, 79% say cultivating diversity of thought is part of the organization’s overall business strategy and 70% believe that their diversity initiatives have a positive impact on their business performance, according to a survey by The New York Times Job Market.
Not surprisingly, the same 92% say their company’s senior management strongly supports diversity as a company goal. Only 13% of employers say funding for their diversity programs tends to get cut more frequently than other programs during tough economic periods.
The remaining 10% that did not answer to having a diverse workplace say their organizations are too small to create a diversity policy (61%) or see no need to develop such a policy (38%).
All Over The Board
A majority of employers at businesses with diversity programs, 72%, say the recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse candidates is part of their organizations’ overall business strategy. Sixty-seven percent of hiring managers say they are actively seeking to recruit job candidates who are:
- Hispanic (68%)
- Black (65%)
- Female (65%)
- Asian (60%)
- Over age 50 (56%)
- Disabled (50%).
Looking For Diversity
The employers views were echoed through job seekers, 97% of who say they prefer to work in a diverse business environment. Additionally, 91% of those looking for employment are supportive of diversity policies because these policies make a company a better place to work.
Job seekers also have noted the moves for diversity through their employers. More than one in four (26%) say they have participated in programs designed to increase workplace diversity. These programs include:
- Sensitivity/awareness training (51%)
- Mentor programs (39%)
- Other diversity-related programs (20%)
- Affinity groups (16%)
When asked about which programs provided the most value, job seekers report gaining the most value from mentor programs (80%), affinity groups (79%) and sensitivity/awareness training (64%).
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