Attitudes Toward Workplace Inclusion

Disability:IN, formerly known as the US Business Leadership Network, is a leading non-profit resource for business disability inclusion. Disability:IN ( recently sponsored a survey in the U.S. to get a sense of workers’ attitudes toward workplace inclusion. The survey found that while workers of all ages reported that business inclusion is important, millennials, more than any other group, believe that workplace inclusion is “fundamental and essential.”

The survey found fully 68 percent of millennials (people age 18 to 34) believe its “very” to “extremely” important to work for a company that fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace. Sixty-one percent of Gen Xers agreed (people aged 35 to 54), while only 45 percent of people 55 and up surveyed felt the same way.

Other findings similarly reflect that millennials, more so than their older counterparts, choose and remain at companies that actively promote diversity and inclusion. Thirty-two percent of millennials said diversity and inclusion are key considerations when selecting a new job. Forty-six percent of millennials said they are "absolutely" more likely to stay at a company that fosters diversity and inclusion. Seventy percent of millennials said they “absolutely agree” that a diverse workforce fosters innovative thinking.

"Disability inclusion brings a competitive advantage to business, while empowering people with disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully," says the President and CEO of Disability:IN. “Employers should be embracing the skills that people with disabilities can contribute, as our survey shows millennials find it imperative and it fosters innovation.”

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