A recent Eagle Hill Consulting survey, highlighted by Benefits Canada, revealed that 53% of U.S. workers consider diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as a pivotal factor when searching for a new job.
The study shows that DEI in job-seeking decisions is not a fleeting trend. Companies that prioritize DEI are likely to attract talent by establishing a more inclusive and productive work environment. Businesses that fail to adapt to changing preferences in the workforce may find themselves at a competitive disadvantage when recruiting talent.
During the recruitment process, a majority of workers expressed the importance of feeling valued. According to the survey, 85% said it is important to hear that their perspectives are appreciated. Additionally, 80% of the survey’s respondents believe it’s important to feel safe in expressing their authentic selves at work, and the same percentage desire transparency in leadership’s decision-making processes. Finding a collaborative company culture is also a priority for 75% of those surveyed.
Finding a chief executive officer that prioritizes DEI is an important factor for 52% of workers surveyed. Beyond DEI, other significant factors include finding an employer that:
- Promotes work-life balance (87%),
- Ensures that workers feel respected (87%),
- Recognizes employees for their contributions (86%), and
- Fosters connections among colleagues (77%).