The Surprising Find about Americans and Diversity

Most see the value in diverse workplaces.
By: | May 20, 2019 • 2 min read

Creating more diverse workplaces is on the priorities list of many HR leaders, but the best way to accomplish that aim has long been the source of debate. And according to a new study, Americans are also divided on how their employers should be bringing diversity to fruition.

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A survey conducted earlier this year and recently released by the Pew Research Center of more than 6,600 U.S. adults about attitudes toward American diversity found broad support for efforts to create more diverse workplaces—75% of respondents feel it is somewhat or very important for employers to promote racial and ethnic diversity in their workplaces—but that support is complicated by a number of factors. In particular, only a small share of survey participants (24%) said employers should consider candidates’ race or ethnicity, in addition to their qualifications, in the hiring or promotion process, in order to enhance diversity; the other three-quarters responded that hiring and promotions should be based solely on an applicant’s qualifications, even if that results in less workplace diversity.

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