New data from networking platform Tallo finds that 99% of Gen Zers feel that workplace Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is important to them.
However, only 38% stated that they view American workplaces to be truly diverse and inclusive, particularly when it comes to people who identify as neurodivergent.
Neurodiversity is the term used to describe the diversity that exists in the human mind, including those with autism, ADHD and dyslexia.
According to the Tallo survey, 1 in 5 respondents said they would not apply for a position due to the company lacking resources to accommodate neurodivergent workers. Even more, 80% stated they are more likely to apply to a company who offers materials for such workers.
Although the Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to provide accommodations for those with both physical and mental disabilities, this compliance is no longer enough.
“We’re really encouraging employers to look at their recruitment strategies in terms of how they engage with local disability organizations — the statewide vocational rehab and rehabilitation services and agencies. But also in terms of how they design their recruitment platforms for online applications, phone interviews, et cetera,” said Sara Hart Weir, a disability rights expert and a senior associate at the Institute for Workplace Skills & Innovation.
“A lot of opportunities around resume-building and application submission should focus on the skills that an individual can bring to the workplace — rather than weeding out individuals by academic credentials or opportunities like that.”